Imagine sitting in your home economics class at college, perhaps daydreaming as the lecture droned on, when you spontaneously receive the news of being selected to represent your country in a sport you love. Pretty classic, huh? Well that’s exactly what a 17 year old Sophie Devine got to experience, as the day marked her entry into international cricket.
Born in Porirua, New Zealand, Devine began to adore cricket and hockey ever since she was four, and throughout her childhood and into her teens she played with boys, which she admits has made her a better cricketer today.
She started playing senior Women’s hockey at the age of 14, the same age she made her first – class cricket debut. Even though Sophie scored a place in the national cricket squad in 2006, it took her over four years to consolidate her position in the squad.
She stepped into the limelight with a blazing 145 against South Africa in 2013, and with that, she became a constant face in the team in the years to come. On 11th July, 2015, Sophie smashed the record for the fastest T20 fifty in cricket ever, reaching the milestone in merely 18 balls. Being in scintillating form, she also entered the WT20 in 2020 with the record of five consecutive T20 fifties.
Currently the captain of the New Zealand team in T20s, Sophie is not only a useful all rounder in cricket, but also a handy multitasker outside of it, being a double international as she has also represented her nation in hockey.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was only 15, Devine has admitted that she believed her sports career came to an end after the diagnosis. However, with her defying endurance and powerful outlook, Sophie overcame the obstacles that persisted, and now is an inspiring role model for youngsters everywhere. Stamping her role as an influence on society, Devine has also worked with Diabetes Youth New Zealand, interacting with teenagers and children dealing with problems relating to diabetes.
Nevertheless, Sophie is truly a fighter. From growing up with Diabetes to balancing two sports to still having the composure of doing all of that with a smile on her face, this motivating sportsperson truly occupies a special spot in world cricket.