Anisa says she's bowling better than ever
Kingstown, St Vincent– West Indies spinner Anisa Mohamed is enjoying a dream run against Pakistan.
The 23 year old Trinidadian has taken an amazing 10 wickets for 12 runs from the first two ODIs at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St Vincent.
In the First ODI Mohammed snared five Pakistani victims for 5 runs from 10 overs then returned two days later to snap up another five-fer, this time for a mere 7 runs. Windies lead the 4 match series 2-0.
“I am bowling the best in my life at the moment, I am able to hold a consistent line and length and deliver five and six deliveries in the same spot,” the fun loving off spinner told WindiesCricket.com in an interview following her second five-fer.
She now has the record for the first West Indian woman to have reached 50 wickets in ODIs. When she dismissed Pakistani number 3 Nain Abidi, Mohammed achieved the record and she now has 53 wickets overall from 42 matches.
The back-to-back five-fers are Mohammed’s first in ODIs though she had taken a five wicket haul before in a Twenty20 International.
When asked whether she thought her first ODI five-fer was overdue she anxiously said that that was precisely what she was thinking and perhaps why she has gotten two back-to-back.
Mohammed debuted for the Windies as a 15 year old in 2003 and impressed immediately with 1 wicket for 4 runs from 10 overs (inclusive of 6 maidens).
“I’m enjoying bowling on the Arnos Vale wicket because it has a bit of turn in it and I just looked to bowl a good line and length and I knew once the Pakistanis go after me I will get wickets,” Mohammed revealed.
Mohammed also credits her success to the work she has been doing in her native Trinidad where she has been practising a lot of ‘spot bowling’.
She said the West Indies team is in high spirits and looking for a series whitewash.
“We’re focussed and determined, Pakistan can’t come to our home and beat us,” Mohammed asserted.
She said the team is happy with the progress it is making.
“Right now, everything is clicking for us, the batting, the bowling and the fielding and we’re pretty confident for the other matches,” said Mohammed who is one of six West Indies women players on central retainer contracts from the WICB.
Mohammed also had kudos for fellow retained players Captain Merissa Aguilleira and all rounder Shanel Daley.
“It’s good to see Merissa back on track and scoring runs and helping her team,” Mohammed said of the skipper who stroked a purposeful 71 from 102 balls to top score for her side as the Windies posted 175 in the 2nd ODI.
Daley contributed 42 in a 73 run partnership with Aguilleira and returned to take 2 for 21 in support of Mohammed.
“Shanel asked (Head Coach Sherwin Campbell) to move up the order and she has proven to him that number three is her position, she has been scoring runs and doing well with the ball as well and it’s good to see who confident she is playing,” Mohammed said.
Next match: West Indies Women v Pakistan Women – 3rd ODI – Arnos Vale Sports Complex. Thursday September 1, 9:30am. (Umpires: Lennox Abraham and Goaland Greaves)
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