India’s Richa Ghosh is the lone contender in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) shortlist of nine players which have been nominated for the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Player of the Tournament ahead of the final on Sunday, February 26.
The Player of the Tournament shortlist is comprised of nine outstanding individuals who all impressed and helped their teams win games. The shortlist is dominated by Australian athletes, with three nominees from the current champions.
The list of nominees includes two players from each England and South Africa, as well as one each from India and the West Indies. The fans will vote to choose the winner.
Richa Ghosh is the only Indian player on the shortlist thanks to her performance with the bat with 136 runs in 5 matches at an average of 68 and strike rate of 130.76 with a best score of 47*. Her highest score came against England and she was dismissed only twice during the entire tournament.
Three Australians- Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy And Ashleigh Gardner Shortlisted
Australia captain Meg Lanning, all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner and vice-captain Alyssa Healy were shortlisted as well. Lanning for his 139 runs at an average of 69.50 including her 49* which helped Australia post a good total against India in the semi-final.
Alyssa Healy has made 171 runs at an average of 57 with two half-centuries to her name already with a best of 55 against New Zealand. Ashleigh Gardner has already collected two Player of the Match awards at the tournament, picking 5/12 against New Zealand.
Her all-around performance of 18-ball 31 and 2/37 against India in the first semi-final helped Australia make it into the finals.
From England, Nat Sciver-Brunt has been shortlisted for 216 runs at an average of 72 and Sophie Ecclestone has been nominated for 11 wickets. Hayley Matthews is the lone West Indies player in the shortlist for 130 runs and 4 wickets along with 4 catches.
The hosts South Africa also have two nominations in Laura Wolvaardt for her 169 runs at an average of 42.25 with a brilliant half-century in the second semi-final against England.
And Tazmin Brits for her 176 runs and six catches with her best of 68 against England in the knockout match.