Richa Ghosh Biography :
Age – 16 years
Place of Birth – Siliguri, West Bengal
Father’s Name – Manabendra Ghosh
Father’s Occupation – Umpire
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Weight – NA
Marital Status – Unmarried
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Net Worth – NA
School – Margaret (Sister Nivedita) English School
In a few days’ time, the secondary examinations of West Bengal will commence. Millions of 16-year-olds are currently busy with their textbooks, gulping down every letter from it. However, one 16-year-old from West Bengal is busy with something else. The Siliguri girl Richa Ghosh is currently busy with her preparations for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 2020.
At this young age, Ghosh has made it to the national side. Things have always started early for her. She started going on the cricket grounds when she was just three years of age, alongside her father. Manabendra Ghosh, her father, was also an aspiring cricketer.
However, he soon realized that he doesn’t have the caliber to make cricket as a career. But given his love for the game, he couldn’t keep cricket out of his life in its entirety. Hence, he switched to umpiring and opened a business to sustain her family.
Manabendra had to juggle between a lot of things. He had to look after a bed-ridden wife, pay for the academic fees of her elder daughter who is studying Media Science, and also after Richa, who had to travel to Kolkata often so as to compete in tournaments. Eventually, Manabendra Ghosh had to wrap up his business.
In an interview to the New Indian Express, he said “I had to give whatever time I had to her. I cannot open a business and shut it down temporarily when I was travelling. It takes 12-13 hours to reach Kolkata. If she is playing in any tournament in Kolkata, I quickly pack my bags. She is a small girl, we can’t leave her alone.”
Earlier in her career, Ghosh used to play for Bagha Jatin Club. However, her talent soon caught the attention of those at the Cricket Association of Bengal. At just 11 years of age, she was asked to represent the Bengal Under-19s side. In no time, Ghosh earned a promotion to the Bengal Under-23 side.
“She used to come with me and play with bat and ball there (Bagha Jatin Club). We realised she played better than we thought. She didn’t fear playing fast bowling. We saw that her name used to come up even in the under-14 and under-18 boys’ teams. Her batting was natural. We didn’t have to do anything to make her bat well,” Richa’s father told Women’s Criczone.
In just a year and a half, Ghosh found herself playing for the Bengal senior team. She was not even 13 at that point of time. In 2018, she became Bengal’s cricketer of the year. Speaking about Richa, her coach Shib Shankar Paul told Sportstar “She’s a coach’s delight, a God-gifted talent. But she is very young and we have to ensure that she goes a long way.”
Bengal’s trainer Rahul Deb opined “She’s a natural talent and ready to don any role for the team, be it batting, bowling, wicketkeeping or her accurate and powerful throws from the deep. Going forward, she just needs to train on her fitness.”
The President of CAB, Avishek Dalmiya also heaped praises on her. “She is really talented and has been performing very well in domestic cricket. She is a hard-hitter and is one of the few women cricketers who can clear the boundaries of full-size cricket grounds with ease. A true all-rounder in every sense, Richa is an asset for any team as she can bat, bowl and keep wickets depending on the requirement of team. We are confident that she would excel in the global event. Our best wishes are with her,” he stated.
Ghosh has played only one game for her nation so far. She got her chance to shine on the 12th of February of this year.
It was at the final of the Tri Series, against Australia at Melbourne. While no Indian batsman except Smriti Mandhana could offer a resistance, Ghosh played a crucial knock of 17 runs from 23 balls. She was India’s second-highest run scorer of the match. She got her cap from Harmanpreet Singh.