Trinidadian sportswoman, Merissa Ria Aguilleira, has played for West Indies Women’s Cricket Team and for Trinidad and Tobago women’s cricket team. Selectors identified her leadership skills, after that she captained West Indies in the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup. In 2013, Merissa also led West Indies in World Cup Final.
She is very spiritual and believes that ‘God is in control’. She started playing cricket in primary school. Aguilleira is among those players with an excellent cricketing mind and the fact is proved by her captaining results. The former captain was a member of the 2016 T20 World Cup-winning team that took place in India.
She retired from International Cricket in April 2019. After retirement, she plans on becoming a qualified physical trainer and having her own beauty salon.
Name: Merissa Ria Aguilleira
Role: Opening batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height (approx.): 5 feet 5 inches
Weight (approx.): NA
Hair Colour: Black
Date of Birth: December 14, 1985
Age (as on July 2019): 33 years 7 months
Birth Place: Trinidad
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago
School: Marac Baptist Primary and Moruga Secondary School.
Educational Qualifications: NA
Sister: Jeselle Aguilleira and Melissa Aguilleira
Cousin: Denyse Aguillera
ODI: Netherlands Women v West Indies Women at Utrecht, Jul 2, 2008
T20I: South Africa Women v West Indies Women at Taunton, Jun 11, 2009
Jersey Number: 7
Major Teams: Trinidad & Tobago Women, West Indies Women
MAN OF THE MATCH: ODI – 0, T20I – 1
CAREER SPAN: [ODI, 2008 – 2018], [T20I, 2009 – 2019]
Hobbies: Dancing, spending time with family
Favourite Cricketers: Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka
Favourite Sportspersons: Christiano Ronaldo
Boyfriend, Spouse, and Children
Marital Status: In a relationship
Boyfriend: Krishmar Santokie (West Indies left-arm medium-pacer)
Awards and recognitions
In 2013, at the First Citizens Sports Foundation Awards ceremony, Merissa Aguilleira was nominated for Sportswoman of the Year
Lesser Known Facts
From 2007-2015, Aguilleira was West Indies captain leading the team for nearly eight years.