Richa Ghosh confirmed to play Hobart Hurricanes in WBBL07

Richa Ghosh bats during the T20 tri-series final between Australia and India at Junction Oval in Melbourne. © Getty Images

India’s wicket-keeper batter Richa Ghosh has signed with Hobart Hurricanes ahead of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the club confirmed in a statement on Friday (October 1).

Ghosh will replace South African international Lizelle Lee, who withdrew from the WBBL citing the need to take a break after countless overseas tournaments, bubbles and quarantine requirements.

“I’m very excited to be playing in the WBBL this year,” Ghosh said. “I’m very thankful to the Hurricanes for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to coming to Tasmania and meeting up with my new teammates.”

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Ghosh, who made her international debut against Australia in February 2020, has represented India in 12 international matches, including ICC T20 World Cup in 2020. She has scored 126 runs in T20Is with an average of 21.00 and an impressive strike rate of 112.50. She also scored a total of 78 runs in the ODIs against Australia, batting in the middle order.

The 18-year-old will be the seventh Indian player to be part of WBBL07 after some high-profile signings like Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues.

In a media interaction last week, Australia allrounder Nicola Carey revealed that Hurricanes had signed up Ghosh.

“When she started teeing off in the second game, I remember thinking, ‘this is not great in terms of the colours that I’m wearing currently’, but also was thinking about it in terms of WBBL and I was pretty happy with that signing,” Carey had said.