One of nine players that were considered for the Women’s T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament was young wicketkeeper-bat Richa Ghosh.

With a sad five-run loss to five-time winners Australia on Thursday in Cape Town, India was eliminated from the tournament. In South Africa, the 19-year-old stood out in her capacity as a finisher. She scored twice in the 40s, including an unbeaten 47 against England that put her team in striking distance of a triumph.

Richa further demonstrated her attacking skills by only being removed twice in her five innings at the event. She also scored at a strike-rate above 130.

She completed the game with 168 runs overall at an average of 68. She made an impression with her athleticism behind the stumps and used a screamer to get rid of English opener Danni Wyatt.

Three players from the current world champions, Australia, lead the ICC shortlist, with two each from England and South Africa. One each is in India and the West Indies.

The three Australians on the list were captain Meg Lanning (139 runs, average 69.50), wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy (171 runs, average 57), and all-rounder Ash Gardner (81 runs and nine wickets).

Two English players were chosen: spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who finished with 11 wickets and a respectable economy rate of 4.15, and all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt (216 runs, average 72).


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