Well, to call Hayley Matthews a child prodigy is an understatement. At 8, she was playing in the under-12s with the boys, at 11 she was captaining the boys under-13 team (the first woman to be doing so!), which included the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope, at 16, she was playing international cricket. At 24, she was leading the West Indies.
An aggressive batter, a more-than-useful off-spinner who specializes in bowling inside the powerplay, and someone with leadership experience, the Bridgetown-born Hayley is the entire package. On that magical night for West Indian cricket back in 2016 at the Eden Gardens, it was her 45-ball 66 that drove the Windies to the T20 World Cup trophy. She had only just turned 18!
The Purple Cap winner and the fifth highest run-scorer in WPL 2023, the winner of eight consecutive Player of the Match awards in T20Is, she’s well and truly on her way to GOATness.