Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy (R) collects the player of tournament trophy from Sir Viv Richards (Credit: ICC)

Australia‘s wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy was awarded 2018 ICC Women’s World T20‘s player of the tournament’s trophy for her exceptional form with the bat.

The 28-year-old had a memorable tournament, finishing as the top-scorer with 225 runs in five innings at an average of 56.25 including two half-centuries. In the final on Saturday as Australia crushed England to win their fourth such title, Healy again gave her team a good start hitting 22 off 20 which had four fours in it.

“Lucky I brought my golf bag,” Healy quipped after being chosen as the player of the tournament. “I didn’t play any golf but it might fit some extra stuff. Little bit. I’m really bad watcher of cricket on the sidelines. The girls played beautifully tonight. Just really proud of the team’s effort.”

Healy has been in excellent form scoring six half-centuries from her last 10 innings in T20Is. However, she suffered a scare after a collision during Australia’s final group B fixtures against India saw her being ruled out of the match. She had mild concussion but recovered in time for the semi-final clash against defending champions West Indies.

Healy is still trying to workout the reason behind her stupendous show with the bat in recent times. “I wish people would stop asking me that question [excellent form]. I still haven’t come up with an answer to that question. Just really enjoying the top of the order, the freedom up there. Out batting line-up just really enables us to play freely and play that fearless cricket that we keep talking about and I knew it’d come off eventually and it seemed to come off in the last six weeks. So I’m looking forward to going home and playing in the Big Bash and seeing if it can continue. It’s pretty special,” she said.

Healy was part of the Australia team that won their maiden WT20 title back in 2010, also in West Indies. While that win continues to rank at the top in her mind, the latest one might just top it. “We’ve worked really hard on that sort of culture over the last 12-18 months. Win or less, we’re really proud of where the group’s at. And we came away with the win and I’m really proud and here’s to many more with the team that we’ve got. It’s pretty special. The 2010 World Cup here in the Caribbean is still my favourite but this one might top it,” she said.