Deandra Dottin specials: Boom Boom in Basseterre, lording it in Leicester and more

Deandra Dottin scored the first T20I century. © Getty Images

On Monday (August 1), World Boss Deandra Dottin called time on her international career for West Indies at the age of 31. She put out a statement, which read, “There have been many obstacles during my cricket career that I have had to overcome however, the current climate and team environment has been non-conducive to my ability to thrive and reignite my passion (sic).

“I am appreciative of the opportunities afforded to me and I have ruminated on my decision over a period of time. Playing for the West Indies and representing the region has been an honour. During my 14 years of playing, I have trained at my best and grown as a player physically, mentally and emotionally. It is the combination of this growth that has assisted me in reflecting on what is truly important to me.

“With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to team culture and team environment as it has undermined my ability to perform excellently.”

Over a storied career, Dottin was a bonafide match winner for West Indies, rescuing them from plenty of lost causes and almost always standing up in the big moments. We pick five of her best performances for Windies across the ODI and T20I formats:

Career-best in Johannesburg

150 (158) vs South Africa in January 2022

From the time she debuted as a teenager for the West Indies in 2008, Dottin almost always seemed to reserve her best for South Africa. Dottin had first started off as a lower middle order power hitter but her best displays came after she was bumped up to open the batting for West Indies in ODIs as well.

Her career-best in ODIs came earlier this year against South Africa in a match where she scored 150 of the 234 runs that West Indies put up. The Caribbean side had lost two wickets in the power play and were in further trouble when captain Stafanie Taylor retired hurt for 12* with the score just on 60.

Dottin started watchfully but she went into overdrive as the innings went on, hitting 18 fours and three sixes off just 158 balls. The all-time great innings did not end in a win though as the match turned out to be a no result because of rain.

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Deandra Dottin scored her first century against Pakistan in ODIs. © Getty Images

Lording it in Leicester

104* (76) vs Pakistan in July 2017

West Indies had stunned all observes by making the final at the ODI World Cup in 2013 and then going on to win the 2016 T20 World Cup.

At the 2017 World Cup, West Indies had lost four of their first five matches and the game against Pakistan was a chance for them to salvage some pride.

Back then, Dottin was still a finisher and had not gotten much opportunity to bat in the top order. As a result, she had never scored an ODI hundred. All that changed in Leicester though.

West Indies lost two early wickets again before Taylor and Chedean Nation helped them rebuild. When Nation was dismissed in the 25th over, their run rate was still below five.

Dottin smashed a hundred in just 71 balls and what was even more memorable was her celebration as she flung her bat in frustration after reaching a long elusive ODI hundred.

Taking the big guns out in East London

28 (34), 5/43 & 2 catches vs South Africa in 2016

A ODI fifer is always special but if the five wickets are Trisha Chetty, Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk, Sune Luus and Chloe Tryon, the haul is bound to be a little more special.

Just like her first century, Dottin’s first fifer also came in a winning cause. Dottin had already contributed 28 to West Indies’ total of 214 against a strong South African batting line up.

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She then resorted to her usual modus operandi of bowling full and straight as Chetty put on a stand with Marizanne Kapp, who remained unbeaten at the end.

After cleaning up the well set Chetty, Dottin went on to trap Lee plumb in front before rattling the stumps of van Niekerk and Luus. Then she brought the match to a close by dismissing Tryon and helping West Indies win by 16 runs.

Boom Boom in Basseterre

112 (45) & 1/20 vs South Africa in 2010

The T20 World Cup came to the West Indies for the first time in 2010 and it was always going to be impossible to keep Dottin away from making a big impact.

A player who always played in the T20 mode even before the format metamorphosed into its current state, it was fitting that Dottin became the first woman to score a T20I hundred.

What makes that innings even more astounding is the fact that Dottin only walked out to the middle in the 10th over. She remains the only player to score a hundred from no. 6 in T20Is and her 38-ball hundred still remains the fastest in the format. The fact that it came in a match where no other West Indies batter scored more than 28 or at a strike rate over 100 makes the achievement even more incredible.

Dottin’s magnificent knock helped West Indies amass 175 and she came back in the chase to bowl three overs for just 20 runs and also picked up a wicket as West Indies won by 17 runs.

Bossing the world in Coolidge

112 (67) vs Sri Lanka in 2017

By 2017, Dottin had progressed to being a key part of West Indies’ top order in T20Is, a role that seemed best suited to her and also got the best out of her.

On October 22, 2017 she became the first woman to score two T20I hundreds. Interestingly, she ended up with the exact score as her first hundred in the format.

She was again a lone ranger as no other West Indies batter scored more than 34 or at a strike rate of more than 100 (minimum five balls) in the match.

She came to the crease in just the third over and was only dismissed with two balls remaining in the innings. Dottin contributed a staggering 112 out of the total of 159, a score that proved 31 runs too many for Sri Lanka.

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Deandra Dottin owns the best figures at the T20 World Cup. © Getty Images

A home World Cup high five

5/5 vs Bangladesh in 2018

West Indies’ ODI form has been inconsistent but they were a great T20 side right through the 2010s. They made the semis of every T20 World Cup from 2010 to 2018 and went all the way in 2016.

One of the big factors for that continued success was Dottin – the allounder. Her 14 Player of the Match awards in T20Is are the joint third-most of all time and other than her brutal hitting, she also was a gamechanger with the ball and in the field.

One of her defining contributions came in the 2018 World Cup when she recorded the best ever bowling figures at the tournament against Bangladesh, figures that remain the best in the competition’s history till now.

West Indies were the defending champions and when Bangladesh restricted them to 106 in their 20 overs on the opening day of the tournament, they were well and truly in the game. Dottin, though, had other ideas as she rattled the Bangladeshis with her short balls before castling them with the fuller ball. Bangladesh were bowled out for 46 and Dottin’s figures at the end of the day read 3.4-0-5-5.