Sarah Glenn is the newest sensation in the international scene and has seen a rapid rise to the top, since her debut less than a year back. Glenn has proved to be the perfect partner-in-crime for Sophie Ecclestone, and the leg-spinner has helped her senior pro in tightening the screws in the middle overs, making England one of the best in the world. Glenn expressed her excitement and pleasant surprise at the excellent start to her career, in an interview with Valkerie Baynes for ESPNcricinfo.
Sarah said, “It’s still a bit of a shock. I don’t think it happens that often that you make your debut and things change so quickly.” She has played a significant role for the English, since her debut last year in December, against Pakistan, and has established herself as a crucial part of the England set-up, especially in the shortest format of the game.
The 21-year old has played 15 T20Is and 3 ODIs in her 10-month long career and has 30 wickets to her name already. She played a vital role in England’s run to the semi-finals at the T20 World Cup earlier this year, claiming 6 wickets in 4 matches. Glenn went on to say, “I knew I wanted to be in the England side one day but I didn’t know if I was going to or how long it was going to take. So for everything to have moved so quickly and to get this, I’m just going to really enjoy the moment.”
Glenn was recently adjudged the NatWest PCA Women’s Player of the Year, after a tremendous 2019/20 season. At the recently concluded T20I series against West Indies, she took 7 wickets and made some handy contributions with the bat, to be announced as the Player of the Series.
Glenn added, “If I go too technical or overthink things, that’s when I go downhill. I had a real clear head. I kept it simple with hitting the ball as hard as I could, seeing the ball quite clearly. That’s opened me up to thinking that when I go out to bat, I just need to keep it simple.”
The 3rd T20I marked a historic day for women’s cricket in England, when the match was broadcasted on free-to-air television – a first since 1993. This event took place in the final weekend of ECB’s Women’s Big Cricket Month, which also broadcasted the finals of Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, on BBC TV.
Glenn said, “To know that they (young girls) have female role models to look up to is a lot more motivating. I still feel like a young girl myself, looking up to people. It’s not processed yet that I am becoming that role model. That’s really special to me. It’s something I have always wanted to be, to inspire young girls.”
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