Queenstown: Young India wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh on Tuesday reset the record books with a whirlwind half-century against New Zealand women in the 4th one-day international (ODI) in Queenstown, New Zealand. The 18-year-old reached the landmark off just 26 deliveries, making this the fastest fifty by an Indian batter in women’s ODIs. Her teammate Smriti Mandhana holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian woman in T20I, scored off 25 balls against England in 2018.
When Richa walked out to bat, the Indian team had been reduced to 19 for 4, chasing a total of 191. The game was reduced to 20 overs a side after rain delayed the toss by almost five hours.
Batting alongside skipper Mithali Raj, Richa was part of a 77-run partnership for the fifth wicket, eventually posting her half-century off 26 deliveries, which turned out to be her second in six matches. She ended up with a final score of 52 off 29 balls, including four boundaries and as many sixes. Unfortunately, team India were dismissed for 128 in 17.5 overs, so Richa’s efforts could not help a winning cause.
Speaking to the media, her delighted father Manabendranath Ghosh said, “I am at a loss for words. She has done what far older and more experienced cricketers couldn’t do. I just hope she keeps playing the way she is.”
When she was16, Richa Ghosh was named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. On February 12, 2020, she made her WT20I debut for India, against Australia, in the final of the tri-series. In May 2021, she was awarded with her first central contract.
In August 2021, Richa was called up to the national team, for the series against Australia, being named in both the Test and ODI squads. She made her ODI debut on September 21, 2021, against Australia. In January this year, she was named in the team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.