Trisha Chetty is a South African cricketer. She has played two Tests, and made over one hundred limited-overs appearances for South Africa since 2007. Initially she batted at number seven or eight, but she was quickly promoted up the order and from mid-2008 onwards has been opening the batting. She along with Shandre Fritz set the record for the highest ever opening stand of 170 runs in the history of WT20I ( Women’s Twenty20 International) history. She also holds the record of highest dismissal by a wicketkeeper in Women’s ODI.
In February 2018, she played in her 100th Women’s One Day International match for South Africa, against India. The following month, she was one of fourteen players to be awarded a national contract by Cricket South Africa ahead of the 2018–19 seasons. In October 2018, she was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
In September 2019, she was named in the Fvan der Merwe XI squad for the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 Super League in South Africa. In January 2020, she was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. On 23 July 2020, Chetty was named in South Africa’s 24-woman squad to begin training in Pretoria, ahead of their tour to England.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Trisha Chetty exceptionally talented, record holder South African cricketer here she talks about her workout, diet, and traits of a successful cricket player.
You have made two Tests, and over one hundred limited-overs appearances for South Africa since 2007. Walk us through your spectacular journey and share what all led you to take up cricket as an opener?
I first started playing at school with the boys team in what is now known as KFC mini-cricket. I went to play at club level which paved the way for my inclusion in the KwaZulu-Natal women’s teams. My performances at provincial level earned me a call up to national camps and the South African Under-19s team. In 2007 I made my debut for South Africa at the age of 18 which was a dream come true. I started batting at number 8 and worked my way to become an opener for the last 10 years. I was recently moved back down to number 8 but for me personally it’s an honour to represent the South Africa no matter where I am in the batting line-up.
You along with Shandre Fritz set the record for the highest ever opening stand of 170 runs in the history of WT20I history. You also hold the record of highest dismissal by a wicketkeeper in Women’s ODI. Share a memorable incident that has stayed with you over the years and served as a lesson?
Playing for as long as I have for my country I have many memorable moments, some funny, some disappointing and some amazing. There are three that stand out for me when asked this question.
One was beating New Zealand in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in (year) where I did well with the gloves to take an amazing catch and we won that game and moved into the semi-finals.
Next was a disappointing game against England during the 50-over World Cup where I didn’t perform well behind the stumps against and we went on to losingthat match. That loss hurt. The feeling of letting my team down spurred me on to work harder on my skills and fitness to avoid it happening again.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity again when I was selected to play in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year. It was a good tour with the gloves and I was really happy with the teams and my own performance – especially after winning the opening game against England.
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