Indian Women Cricketer Richa Ghosh

Richa Ghosh: The new cricket sensation of Team India

Oh, My Ghosh! Will be the right way to describe the 19-year-old sensation of the Indian Women’s cricket team. After leading India to glory in the U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup, Richa Ghosh displayed a solid run of performances in the recently conducted Women’s T20 World Cup as well. Richa Ghosh is the only Indian to be included in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup team of the tournament. Richa Ghosh is slowly coming up as the new face of Indian cricket and is expected to reach major heights in the coming years. Let’s have a deeper look at Richa Ghosh and her journey in the sport of cricket. 

Richa Ghosh: The new cricket sensation of Team India 

Richa Ghosh is an Indian cricketer who has represented India at both the Under-19 and Women’s national teams. She hails from Bengal, where she made her first appearances in domestic cricket. Ghosh is a solid allrounder with an attacking batting style and an ability to move the ball both ways with her medium-paced bowling. Richa Ghosh’s cricketing journey began in 2011 when she participated in a talent hunt program in Bengal. 

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In 2011-12, Richa was given a chance to get involved in the talent hunt program set up by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under the project headed by its former secretary Biswarup Dey. She took advantage of the opportunity and attended a coaching camp at the Bengal Cricket Academy in Kalyani, thus beginning her journey. 

“She was so small then I had to stay with her there and help out with her daily chores. Like other girls of her age, she was extremely fond of chocolates, cold drinks, and chips. We had to make her understand why she should get rid of such junk food. None could miss her talent even then.” said former international and national selector Mithu Mukherjee, who was in charge of the project in Bengal. 

Impressed by Richa’s all-around abilities – including pace bowling, batting as an opener, and being a useful wicketkeeper – Chaitali Basak, one of the coaches, wanted her to join the Bengal state team immediately. However, Mukherjee chose to hold off on this due to her young age. Richa went on to make her debut for Bengal the following season and was picked for the Bengal Under-19 squad when she was only 12 years old. 

“She often used to stay in my apartment in Calcutta during tournaments and camps. There were times they put up at cheap hotels near Sealdah and also the Salt Lake stadium campus. It was tough, but she and her father never gave up,” said Mithu Mukherjee. A year after her initial Bengal debut, Richa managed to make it into the U-23 and senior teams. In 2018, she was honored by the CAB with the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. While Mukherjee and former Bengal cricketers-turned-coaches Shib Shankar Paul and Charanjit Singh provided technical aid at the CAB, Manabendrababu focused on Richa’s mental conditioning. 

The turning point of Women’s cricket in India 

In 2017, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team had a memorable run at the World Cup, making it to the final against England at Lord’s. In the process, they garnered a lot of attention and admiration, despite narrowly losing in the end. This successful journey at the 2017 World Cup helped Richa as well, who by now was a more polished cricketer and had decided to direct her focus on batting and wicketkeeping. 

“Everyone got interested and started following women’s cricket on social media, something that didn’t happen before. We were able to create an expectation… We could set an example before the younger generation which mattered a lot,” recalled Indian legend Jhulan Goswami. 

Richa made her T20I debut in the tri-series in Australia before the 2020 T20 World Cup. Notably, she became the only World Cup debutant to have five or more dismissals and broke the record for most catches in an ODI inning by an Indian female wicketkeeper against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui in 2022. 

“There was no doubt about her talent. But none can claim credit for her journey to the top. Technically she was always very sound and, at times, better than her contemporaries like Shafali Verma. Her backfoot play can match the best in the business. Playing alongside Jhulan Goswami also helped her,” explained Mukherjee. 

Richa gained a great deal from when Shib Paul assumed the position of Bengal coach in 2019. She was always eager to uncover new techniques and better her performance. Richa was allowed to train and play at higher levels, and she worked hard on her bowling and batting skills. Shib Paul’s guidance helped her hone her wicketkeeping and fielding capabilities. As a result, Richa developed into an all-rounder who could make a strong contribution to her team in every department. In 2020, she was also named in the Wisden India T20I team of the year. 

“She yielded enormous power in her strokes. I used to have separate sessions with her and made her practice and play matches with the boys. I felt she would be more successful and switched her to No. 5 in the batting order,” said Paul. “At my academy at Baghajatin TarunSangha, she used to be at the nets practically the whole day. Playing matches with the boys helped her develop skills and induce more power into her strokes… She turned herself into a matchwinner on her own,” added Paul. 

What does the future hold for the superstar? 

During the recently conducted T20 World Cup in South Africa, Richa displayed remarkable consistency. The success she had achieved at the Under-19 World Cup gave her an extra boost of confidence. Her ability to snatch momentum away from the opposition through her strokeplay was evident in the match against West Indies. 

“She is not the traditional Indian batter who likes to play the drives and stuff like that,” captain Harmanpreet Kaur said. “I think they are players who enjoy the short ball. She’s a superstar for India.” added the Indian skipper. 

Having been selected by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.9 crore in the Women’s Premier League, Richa is looking forward to a new journey that will also provide some financial security. Before the Women’s Premier League auction, the official broadcaster aired a video of Richa Ghosh in which she discussed her desire to buy her family home in Kolkata and expressed her desire for her father to stop working. She was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the auction a short while afterward for Rs 1.9 crore. 

“I can’t describe my feelings with words. There are too many emotions inside my mind right now. That kid has suffered a lot, right from a very young age and I somehow feel responsible for it also,” Manabendra Ghosh told The Indian Express from Siliguri. 

Manabendra still recalls how he used to make the 600 km journey from Siliguri to Kolkata on a train in search of cheaper hotels to save money so that his daughter could train. 

“Money was an issue. I didn’t know anyone in Kolkata, so I used to look for cheaper hotels where we would stay. Our daily routine was to leave the hotel at 7 am and come back in the evening. The ground was our home in Kolkata,” said Ghosh. “We will not leave Siliguri, but now with the money, I would get her a flat in Kolkata so that she could stay there and practice,” he added. 

“In 2013, I took out a loan to get her a bat before her U-19 trials. She couldn’t make it that year but a year later at the age of 12, she made her U-19 debut. From there on, she never looked back and played for the U-23 side the same season. A year later at the age of 13, she played for the senior Bengal team,” said Ghosh. 

Richa expressed her gratitude to her parents for helping her succeed in the sport after being overwhelmed by the response she received during the tense auction session. “All my parents wanted me to achieve was to play for India. I want to captain my team and win a major trophy for India. I want to buy a flat in Kolkata. I want my mother and father to settle down there. I want them to enjoy their life now. They have struggled a lot in their life, and they have worked hard a lot for me. Even now, my father does umpire. After the auction, I hope he doesn’t have to work so hard,” Richa Ghosh said to Star Sports after the auction.

The Top 11 highest individual scores in women's T20Is

Top 11 highest individual scores in women’s T20Is

Women’s cricket has seen dramatic growth in recent years due to the popularity of T20, a short-format game known for its unpredictability and entertaining play. This format of the game has been featured in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham and was also part of the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou alongside the men’s T20 tournament. 

Deepika Rasangika has set a remarkable record in women’s T20 cricket with her score of 150 runs in one inning. She is the first batter to ever achieve such a feat in an international women’s T20 match. With a total of only 120 balls per team, batters in this format of the game are always looking to hit big shots and clear the boundaries. 

Among member nations, India’s Harmanpreet Kaur has made her record for the highest score by an Indian in women’s T20 cricket. In 2018, she scored 103 off just 51 deliveries with seven fours and eight sixes against New Zealand in Providence, West Indies. Australia, the five-time winner of the Women’s T20 World Cup, has the most players in the top 10 list of individual top scorers. 

Here’s looking at the top 11 highest individual scores in Women’s T20Is.

Top 11 highest individual scores in Women’s Cricket T20Is 

1) Deepika Rasangika (Bahrain) 161* vs Saudi Arabia 

Deepika Rasangika set a new record in women’s cricket for her 161 not out off just 66 balls without hitting any sixes. This incredible inning helped Bahrain put up an impressive 318/1 in their 20 overs and also set a new record for the highest score by a team in women’s cricket. Bahrain went on to win the match against Saudi Arabia in the GCC Women’s Twenty20 Championship Cup 2021-22 in Oman by a whopping 269 runs after restricting their opponents to 49/8 in 20 overs. 

2) Esha Oza (UAE) 158* vs Bahrain 

Esha Oza scored an impressive unbeaten 158 runs against Bahrain, helping UAE to score 253 in 20 overs and bowling Bahrain out for only 43. She hit 22 fours and six sixes off 71 deliveries, showing that she had the potential to beat Deepika Rasangika’s record of 161 not out. 

3) Alyssa Healy (Australia) 148* vs Sri Lanka 

World reacts to stunning Alyssa Healy century

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Alyssa Healy, one of the best batters in Australia, recently scored an impressive unbeaten 148 runs against Sri Lanka in a three-match series in Sydney. She hit 19 fours and seven sixes off 61 deliveries, helping Australia to comfortably defeat Sri Lanka by 132 runs. Alyssa Healy’s incredible performance in the three-match series against Sri Lanka not only set a new record for the highest individual score in women’s T20 cricket of that time but also helped Australia to secure a comfortable victory. Her innings of 148 off 61 deliveries included 19 fours and seven sixes, showcasing her incredible batting skills and determination. 

4) Meg Lanning (Australia) 133* vs England 

After losing Alyssa Healy early in the match against England, Australia were in a spot of trouble. Thankfully, Captain Meg Lanning came to the rescue with an extraordinary unbeaten 133 off 63 deliveries. Her innings included 17 fours and seven sixes, helping Australia reach 226/3 in 20 overs and securing a 93-run victory. Meg Lanning’s heroic effort in the first match of the T20 series against England set a great example for her team. She showed tremendous skill and determination with her unbeaten 133. Her batting performance not only helped Australia win by 93 runs but also inspired her teammates to strive for better results.

5) Fatuma Kibasu (Tanzania) 127* vs Eswatini 

Fatuma Kibasu powered Tanzania to victory over Eswatini in the T20 World Cup 2021 qualifier from Africa. She opened the innings with an impressive unbeaten 127 off 66 balls, including 19 fours. Her incredible performance helped Tanzania to score 279/2 and defeat Eswatini by 256 runs. Fatuma Kibasu’s remarkable unbeaten 127 in the T20 World Cup qualifier from Africa set a strong foundation for Tanzania’s victory. 

6) Sterre Kalis (Netherlands) 126* vs Germany 

Sterre Kalis achieved an impressive unbeaten 126 runs against Germany in the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier group stage. She faced 54 deliveries, hitting 19 fours and 3 sixes in her innings, leading the Netherlands to an 8-wicket victory. Her batting performance set up a great platform for the Netherlands to secure their spot in the tournament. 

Sterre Kalis’ incredible batting performance not only secured the Netherlands an 8-wicket victory over Germany but also secured her team a spot in the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier tournament. Her unbeaten knock demonstrated her skill and power as a batter. It was a truly remarkable feat which showcased her talent and determination. The Netherlands were able to comfortably chase down the target of 200 set by Germany, securing their spot in the tournament. 

7) Meg Lanning (Australia) 126 vs Ireland 

'We'll be ready to go' – Lanning on 2021 World Cup preparations

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Meg Lanning achieved an impressive feat against Ireland in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier group stage in 2019. She scored an unbeaten 126 off 65 balls, hitting 17 fours and 2 sixes. Her batting performance helped Australia to a commanding victory over Ireland, leading them to the semi-finals of the tournament. Her performance not only secured Australia the victory but also their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament. 

Meg Lanning’s spectacular innings was the cornerstone of Australia’s victory against Ireland in the T20 World Cup Qualifier group stages. After her stellar performance against Ireland, Meg Lanning admitted that she was delighted to have been able to help Australia to a win and secure their spot in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament. She said it was an incredible feeling to be part of such a historic moment and that she would never forget it. 

8) Suzie Bates (New Zealand) 124 vs South Africa 

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Suzie Bates scored an extraordinary 124 against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2018 Qualifier group stages. Her innings included 11 fours and 8 sixes off just 61 deliveries, helping New Zealand to a comfortable 6-wicket victory. Her power-hitting and strategic placement of shots enabled her to reach her total in less than ten overs. This achievement cemented Suzie Bates’ reputation as one of the best batters in women’s cricket. Her remarkable performance was further proof of her incredible talent and skill as a batter, and it has inspired many other players to strive for excellence in their own game. 

After her record-breaking score of 124, Suzie Bates said she was very proud to have achieved such a feat and that it was a special moment for her. She acknowledged the hard work she had put in to reach this milestone and expressed her appreciation for the support she had received from her team. She also attributed her success to perseverance and determination.

9) Danni Wyatt (England) 124 vs India 

Danni Wyatt chats with Xoli Zondo after England's crushing win | Women's T20 WC 2023

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It was incredible to see Danni Wyatt score 124 runs in India’s backyard, as she hit Indian bowlers all around the ground and looked capable of chasing down any target. The conditions were perfect for batting, with the wicket being very good and the outfield fast, allowing her to have an astonishing strike rate of 200 and a run rate of over 10 while trying to reach the target of almost 200 runs. 

Danni Wyatt was in remarkable form during her match against India, having shared a 61-run opening stand (in 5.2 overs) with Bryony Smith and then a 96-run partnership with Tammy Beaumont on the second wicket. She scored fifty runs in 24 balls and went on to hit 15 boundaries and five sixes in her 64-ball 124. Her fantastic batting was only made possible due to an ideal wicket and perfect boundaries, allowing her to achieve a team fifty in 4.4 overs, 67 runs in the Powerplay, and the hundred mark in 9.2 overs. 

While talking about her performance, Danni Wyatt said, “This hundred was quite special because my dad has flown all the way to see my knock. I’ve worked hard with my coaches. Fitness was a big factor, kept pushing myself. I would like to try and keep going from here”. 

Heather Knight also appreciated the special knock by Danni Wyatt. “I’m lost for words (about Wyatt’s century). Brilliant wicket to bat. I think the hard work we put in the last few months has paid off. Very pleasing with the win. She (Wyatt) played smart cricket and was very pleased with her. We bowled well in spells and we were confident in chasing the target.” said Danni Wyatt. 

10) Beth Mooney (Australia) 117* vs England 

Mooney caps prolific year with top honours

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Beth Mooney, the Australian opener, had a remarkable performance against England in the first T20I in 2017 as she scored an unbeaten 117 runs off 70 balls, making it only the second century for Australia in T20 Internationals. Her destructive innings included 19 fours and 1 six. However, Australia went on to lose the match as England grabbed a four-wicket win with 6 balls remaining in the match. 

11) Shandre Fritz (South Africa) 116* vs Netherlands 

Shandre Fritz became the first South African woman to score a century in a Twenty20 Internationals when she scored 116* against the Netherlands at the 2010 ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge.

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