When Charlotte Edwards retired and Heather Knight was picked as the England captain in June 2016, she had pretty high bars to set. Fortunately, for Knight, who had previously served as Edwards' vice-captain since 2014, it was a predictable position. She had even gained experience as a skipper with Berkshire in county cricket and Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL.
Since Heather Knight’s debut match in 2010, this top-order batter turned her off-spin into a highly useful second string. Before this, Knight suffered a career-threatening hamstring injury and thus decided to stop bowling medium pace. Her determination played a vital role in awarding her a regular position in England's top order.
Her most iconic international performance to date took place in the longest format, the Test. Heather Knight’s Test career kicked off against Australia in Sydney in 2011. Interestingly, when England and Australia met again in 2013 at Wormsley, Knight's heroic 157 runs during an almost seven-hour on-pitch battle, helped England achieve a tie and subsequently revive the Ashes.
England’s prolific batter boasts a diversified cricketing career across her home country and in Australia. Recently, Heather Knight’s IPL journey even got on track after Royal Challengers Bangalore opted for her contributions for a whooping 40 lakhs.
Here are the major highlights of her international career in all three aspects - batting, fielding and bowling:
On viewing Heather Knight’s video where she’s covering the grounds to save some extra runs, you will recognise the athleticism of this player. This former winner of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year award had already registered 84 catches across all three formats.
Now let’s have a quick overview of her bowling career as a right-arm off-spinner.
Heather is the record holder for the second-highest score registered on board by a captain in Test matches. To achieve this, she put an unbeaten 168 against the Australia Women's team at their home in Canberra.
Apart from this, she's the all-time second-highest seventh-wicket partnership scorer alongside LA Marsh. This feat speaks highly about her contributions coming deeper down the order.
Additionally, in WT20Is she’s only five spots behind from playing the most matches as a captain. So far, she has played 71 twenty-over international games as the English skipper in which her side has secured wins in more than 73% of the games.
When it comes to international women’s cricket, Heather Knight is a name one quickly relates with. She even led her side to a World Cup victory in 2022 and was quite recently named the skipper for the Commonwealth Games.
Very few would know that Heath became the only female cricketer to pick five wickets in an ODI and score a half-century in the same match. All these achievements strengthened her contracts across all clubs.
What is Heather Knight’s age?
Heath Knight, captain of the English women’s cricket team, is 32 years old.
Why is Heather Knight called Trev?
She got the nickname of Trev from her early days at the cricket camp due to some confusion regarding her name among her teammates.
When did Heather Knight debut?
Knight played her first ODI against India in 2010.