Richa Ghosh can win big award in T20 World Cup only Indian among the contenders for Player of the Tournament

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Richa Ghosh is the only Indian among the nine players selected for the Women’s T20 World Cup ‘Player of the Tournament’. India crashed out of the tournament after losing by five runs against five-time champions Australia in the semi-final match played in Cape Town on Thursday.

The 19-year-old wicketkeeper shone as a finisher with the bat in the tournament. He played innings of more than 40 runs twice during this period. In this, his innings of 47 not out against England brought the Indian team close to victory.

He scored 168 runs at an average of 68, remaining not out twice in five innings. During this, his strike rate was around 130. He also impressed with his work behind the wicket. Richa caught England opener Danny Wyatt by taking a brilliant catch.

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The ICC (International Cricket Council) list is dominated by players from Australia, with three from the defending champions, two from England and two from South Africa. One player each from India and West Indies is a part of it.

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Australia captain Meg Lanning (139 runs at 69.50), wicket-keeper batsman Alyssa Healy (171 runs at 57) and all-rounder Ash Gardner (81 runs and nine wickets) figure in the list.

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It includes England all-rounder Nate Sciver-Brunt (216 runs at an average of 72) and spinner Sophie Ecclestone (4.15 runs per over and 11 wickets), besides South Africa’s Laura Woolfart and opener Tajmin Brits. West Indies captain Hayley Mathews is also included in this list. Mathews scored 130 runs and took four wickets in a brilliant all-round performance.

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