- Phoebe Litchfield
- Current Team
- Gujarat Giants
- Women's Premier League
- December 18, 2023
Phoebe Litchfield, born on April 18, 2003, in Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has emerged as a significant talent in women’s cricket. As a left-handed batter and occasional right-arm leg break bowler, Litchfield has made notable contributions to teams like the New South Wales Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and the Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She made her WBBL debut at the age of 16, scoring 26 runs off 22 balls, showcasing her early potential in the sport.
Litchfield’s cricketing journey has been marked by several key milestones. She made her One Day International (ODI) debut in January 2023 in a series against Pakistan, and not long after, she played her first Test match in June 2023.
In T20 Internationals, she has demonstrated remarkable skill, with a batting average of 49.5, including a high score of 52. In ODIs, her performance is equally impressive, boasting a batting average of 49.14 with a highest score of 106. These statistics underscore her capability as a dependable and skillful batter at the international level.
Litchfield’s talent was recognized early on, with the tag of ‘the next big thing’ following her since she was 16. Her ability to score a Big Bash fifty in just her second match for Sydney Thunder further cemented her reputation as a prodigy. Notably, she batted alongside cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in a bushfire fundraising match, showcasing her skills on a significant stage.
Despite the pressures and expectations, Litchfield has shown maturity and focus, often working on her game with her father, who also served as her first batting coach. Her dedication to improving her skills was evident as she balanced her cricketing commitments with her high school education.
In 2023, Litchfield’s cricketing career saw another significant moment as she was selected by the Gujarat Giants in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction for INR 1 crore. This move came after she stunned the cricketing world by hitting the joint-fastest fifty off 18 balls in a T20I against West Indies, equalling a record previously held by Sophie
Devine. Her performance in The Hundred, where she amassed 279 runs at a strike rate of 132.85 and finished as the third-highest run-getter of the season, further attested to her growing stature in the cricketing world.
Phoebe Litchfield’s ascent in international cricket, characterized by her impressive batting skills and consistent performance, has made her one of the most exciting prospects in women’s cricket. Her journey from a young prodigy to a key player in international and domestic cricket reflects her talent, hard work, and dedication to the sport.
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