Ready to give my best in T20 WC Richa Ghosh

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2020

"Good luck to Dane and her team who I am sure will do everything possible to make the country proud and re-ignite the spirit that nearly took them to the ICC Women's World Cup Final in 2017", Smith said.

"While I was not nervous, my mother was very nervous and when I told her about my inclusion in the Indian team for World Cup, she told me that she could not sleep properly last night and was praying for me. If you go to a World Cup and you aren't confident in your abilities then you don't have to rock up, we have to go there to win otherwise might as well not go", she said.

"So I think our team is good. We are playing continuously and now youngsters have come in the team".

The ICC wants to increase the number of teams from 16 to 20 in the World T20 for the 2023-2031 cycle, a report in stated.

India are positioned in Group A together with hosts Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh whereas Group B includes England, South Africa, the West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand.

South Africa will take an experienced side to the Women's T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

"Before the World Cup, this series is going to be a big one for us and we will look for our best combination and with that we will give chances to newcomer also". I have been also working on my fitness, which included leaving lot of food, which I love. The increase of teams is also likely to see a change in the format. In recent years the ICC has targeted the United States market and is fully focussed in their quest to establish cricket in the country. The 28-year-old was today named India's best female cricketer in 2018-19 by the BCCI.

Early this year the off-spinner made her ODI debut against England in February and has also played in five T20's so far, in which she has claimed three wickets.

The Hemlata Kala-lead All-India Ladies's Choice Committee additionally introduced a 16-member squad for a tri-series in Australia previous to the T20 World Cup.

Ghosh had a good run in the Senior Women's T20 Challenger Trophy with 98 runs from four matches.

With former Indian skipper, Mithali Raj having hung her boots in the shortest format of the game, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and young batter Jemimah Rodriguez now form the core of the batting unit.

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