Bangladesh’s Murshida in top 20 women cricketers of this decade
ESPNcricinfo, a popular sports news website exclusively for the game of cricket, has revealed a list of the 20 best women cricketers for the 2020s who will rule this decade. Murshida Khatun, top-order batsman of the Bangladesh team, has got a place in that list.
21-year old Murshida is usually an opener. She is the only left-arm batsman of the Bangladesh team. Many know him as ‘Happy’. She gets inspiration in cricket from Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal. She also gets inspiration from India star Smriti Mandhana.
In this year’s T20 World Cup, Murshida shined against India’s experienced and efficient bowling line-up. After her debut in 2018, she has gradually become an important member of the national team. So far, she has played 5 ODIs and 10 T20s for Bangladesh.
Murshida says she wants to be in top 10 in ICC batsman’s ranking in ODIs and T20s. She also wants to be the highest run-scorer in World Cup. “I want to be in the top ten batting rankings in both ODIs and T20Is and the leading run getter in a few World Cups,” Murshida said.
The opener bows in gratitude to his mother Hawa Khatun for his playing career. She said, “My mom, Haowa Khatun. She’s been the strongest pillar of support I’ve had in my life. When I am in low spirits, I try to spend time with Ma. Even if it’s just ten minutes, I start feeling better after being with her. She’s played a huge role in my being able to pursue cricket as a career.”
List of ESPNcricinfo’s 20 women cricketers for the 2020s:
Shafali Verma (India), Sophie Molineux (Australia), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Issy Wong (England), Shabika Gajnabi (West Indies), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Jemimah Rodrigues (India), Tayla Vlaeminck (Australia), Sarah Glenn (England), Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Radha Yadav (India), Omaima Sohail (Pakistan), Georgia Wareham (Australia), Sheneta Grimmond (West Indies), Murshida Khatun (Bangladesh), Phoebe Litchfield (Australia), Richa Ghosh (India), Kavisha Dilhari (Sri Lanka), Annabel Sutherland (Australia).