The Women’s World T20 came to an end on Sunday after a cracker of a display from Australia that saw them securing the bragging rights of the tournament, thumping South Africa in the grand finale. South Africa put in a staunch shift in the final hurdle but the effort was simply not enough to dismantle the Australian dynasty.
Ahead of the final, India and England were parts of the semis and despite a flurry of impressive displays, they simply couldn’t get their wheels rolling to that eventual final round. Despite the results, all the four teams that reached the penultimate round of the tournament had their presence in the recently announced Most Valuable Team of the Tournament for the ICC Women’s T20.
Australia and South Africa had seven spots shared between them with the Aussies claiming 4 in their favour while the Proteas having 3 in the hallowed line-up. England, India and West Indies were also part of the prized XI with a future Irish star in the making named in the spot of the 12th player.
Braving insurmountable odds, Indian batter Richa Ghosh, was the only Indian cricketer to be named as a part of the prized XI. Not only did she find her stride with the willow in her arms as she fired 136 runs at a stunning average of 68 and affected a staggering 7 dismissals across the span of the tournament, claiming the highest number of dismissals that featured 5 catches and 2 stumpings. Most valuable team of the tournament: Tazmin Brits, Alyssa Healy, Laura Wolvaardt, Nat Sciver-Brunt (cap), Ashleigh Gardner, Richa Ghosh, Sophie Ecclestone, Karishma Ramharack, Shabnim Ismail, Darcie Brown, Megan Schutt, Orla Prendergast (12th player)