Chanida Sutthiruang, the fast bowler from Thailand who just won the ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the year for playing a pivotal role in her team’s qualification for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, is surely someone to look out for.
Chanida Sutthiruang has been a part of all the major tournaments that Thailand has played including the 50-over World Cup Qualifiers. She emerged from the academies of her country and gained recognition from the U-19 programme, after which she got the kick start and made her senior side debut in 2012. Sutthiruang has been very impressive this year with a superb performance in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers, where she helped her team to qualify for the World cup first time in the history. She picked up 12 wickets in just 5 matches, with an economy of just 4.16 which was due to her consistency in line and length. Her eye-catching performances were against Namibia where she took 4/16 and against the Netherlands away with a fiery spell of 3/5.
When Thailand was victorious in the ACC Women’s Championship campaign in 2013, Sutthiruang was the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets in here hand. She was also a key player when her side won Gold at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
She played her first Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debut for Thailand on June 3 2018, in the Women’s Asia Cup. Here amazing performance there made here the joint-leading wicket-taker for Thailand, with 6 dismissals in 5 matches. After getting herself selected for the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland, she has made a name of herself as she was the leading wicket-taker there also with 12 dismissals in five matches which made her the player of the tournament.
The 26-year-old is also capable of making runs and giving support lower down the order. Since her debut in T20 cricket, Chanida has played 35 games and picked up 42 wickets. She also has a five-wicket hall to her name and a four-wicket hall. She will always be an asset to her team!