Lea Tahuhu, the New Zealand fast bowler became the most successful bowler on Saturday while playing a match against England on Women’s World Cup 2022. Tahuhu dismissed England opener Tammy Beaumont in the 10th over and registered her 92nd one-day international wicket. This resulted in her becoming the most successful bowler of New Zealand as she surpassed Aimee Watkins’s 91 ODI wickets record.
In her 11 years international career, Tahuhu has been the leader of the New Zealand bowling attack for the majority period. She has represented the Kiwis in 83 matches and has picked 93 wickets at an average of 30.30 with the best of 5 for 37 against England in 2021 so far. She has excellent records against England and Australia. Tahuhu has picked 21 wickets against Australia and 18 wickets against England. Tahuhu has had an excellent home and away record as well. She has picked 41 wickets at home and 52 wickets away showcasing her ability to adapt to overseas conditions.
Most ODI Wickets for 🇳🇿 NZ-
93- Lea Tahuhu** 👈
92- Aimee Watkins
88- Nicola Browne
87- Sophie Devine
78- Catherine Campbell#CWC22 #NZvENG
— Female Cricket #CWC22 (@imfemalecricket) March 20, 2022
Tahuhu has represented New Zealand in 3 world cups so far. In her 18 World Cup games till today, Tahuhu has picked 26 wickets showcasing her consistency and ability to adapt to the conditions. In the ongoing 2022 World Cup, Tahuhu has been bowling exceptionally in the middle overs and has taken 10 wickets in 6 matches. She had her best figures against team India as she took 3 wickets conceding just 17 runs in her 10 overs. She has been one of the few positives for New Zealand in this disastrous world cup campaign as they have lost 4 of their 6 matches and are eliminated from the competition.
Overall, Tahuhu has been the best bowler of New Zealand over the past decade and these prove that point. She is well on her way to becoming the first Kiwi to take 100 ODI wickets as she is just 7 dismissals away. Expect her to reach the milestone in the coming months.
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