Ramharack shines bright, thankful to be named in Team of the World Cup
Karishma Ramharack is delighted that her excellent performances for West Indies Women led to her being selected in the Most Valuable Team of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. The off-spinner was in the team announced by the ICC on Monday following the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. She bowled well throughout and ended with five wickets at an impressive average of just 10 runs per wickets.
“It feels surreal to be named on the ICC Team of the World Cup. I’m really thankful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me to represent the West Indies. It’s a huge moment in my career and I will cherish it. Also, it pushes me to become better as the years go on. I just want to stay in the moment and enjoy all the love and support I have been receiving,” she told CWI Media from her home in Trinidad."
“I want to keep making an impact with the ball and keep improving on myself. I have come a long way from when I started… I have matured a lot and it’s about working on ‘me’ and how I can help the West Indies team grow ... how we can develop and get better.”
Ramharack has been showing steady improvement and was among the leading performers for West Indies in the tournament. In September 2021, she had career-best figures of 3-0-8-3 against South Africa at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, which helped bowl West Indies to victory. That was a significant point in her career, and she also spoke of the confidence she gained from the encouraging advice from skipper Hayley Matthews.
See her nomination here:CWI congratulates Ramharack on selection to Team of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
“Hayley, on field, just kept telling me to focus on putting energy into every delivery and that really helped me bowl an effort ball every time. I think the best advice throughout the tournament was to stick to what's working for me and my style of bowling,” she said.
“At that stage against South Africa in Antigua, it did help me as I hardly played games before … I've been into some series recently in the World Cup and the series versus New Zealand and England (at home) and the Tri-nation Series in South Africa in the build-up to the World Cup where I learned a lot. Those series and bowling to some of the best batters in the world, as well as bowling in the powerplay, really helped me with the way I've performed in this T20 World Cup.”
Most Valuable Team of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (in batting order):
Tazmin Brits (South Africa) 186 runs at 37.20
Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia) 189 runs at 47.25 and four dismissals
Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) 230 runs at 46.00
Nat Sciver-Brunt (c) (England) 216 runs at 72.00
Ashleigh Gardner (Australia) 110 runs at 36.66 and 10 wickets at 12.50
Richa Ghosh (India) 136 runs at 68.00
Sophie Ecclestone (England) 11 wickets at 7.54
Karishma Ramharack (West Indies) 5 wickets at 10.00
Shabnim Ismail (South Africa) 8 wickets at 16.12
Darcie Brown (Australia) 7 wickets at 15.00
Megan Schutt (Australia) 10 wickets at 12.50
12th player: Orla Prendergast (Ireland) 109 runs at 27.25 and 3 wickets at 26.00