Off-spinner eyes 100 scalps

Anisa Mohammed.

BASSETERRE – West Indies Women off-spinner, Anisa Mohammed, says she is targeting 100 wickets during the five-match One-Day International series against South African Women that started today in St. Kitts.

“I’m looking for 100. I pay close attention to the details in the game and I am 15 wickets away from 100. My aim is to look to get to 100 or as close as possible during the series against South Africa,” Mohammed, who has 85 wickets from 54 matches, said.

“That would require an average of three wickets per match, which won’t be easy, but I believe I can achieve it.

“That would mean I would have to be on top of my game in every match. It would be a great way to start the year in West Indies colours. The ultimate goal is to win the series against South Africa and get a good warm-up as we look to go to the World Cup in India – which is just around the corner.”

The 24-year-old has been the consummate match-day performer for West Indies and has taken 28 wickets in her last 10 ODIs.

Only last April in Barbados, she snatched a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the opening ODI of the three-match series that the hosts went on to win by a 2-1 margin.

“Before every year I set myself goals and before every series I set myself targets. Last year one of my goals was to help the West Indies improve as a team and try to win the World T20 in Sri Lanka,” she explained.

“We did well as a team – winning against India and Sri Lanka at home and we also reached the semi-finals in the World T20. You could say we are moving forward.”

She continued: “This year one of the goals is obviously to reach 100 career wickets, but I also set goals with my team-mates. The first goal is to beat South Africa in these upcoming matches. We always play well at home and we always play well against the South Africans… we know we can beat them.

“As a team, we have played together for a while now and we know each other’s strengths and understand what each player is capable of.”

The second match of the series is also scheduled for Warner Park on Wednesday, before the remaining three matches are contested at Windsor Park in Dominica starting next weekend.

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