"But we all had always felt she was different from others".
When most girls of her age would be preparing for their board exams in February, the 16-year-old Siliguri girl would be bracing for her maiden global cricket tour with the Indian women's side, for the T20 World Cup.
So, when the news trickled in that Richa was picked after her eye-catching performances in the for the Smriti Mandhana-led India "B" side in the just-concluded domestic Challengers Trophy, Richa was in the ongoing Bengal camp in Mankundu, about 45 kilometres from here.
Ghosh realises that now she has to put every inch of effort to prepare for the showpiece event in Australia where India will kick off their campaign against the hosts on February 21 in Sydney. Earlier, the same team used to play but after 2017 ODI World Cup, a lot of new prospects have emerged.
One is about having all 20 teams enter at the same stage - meaning a simple format of four groups of five teams each could be used, with the leading teams advancing to the knockouts. Only 4 new faces, who have never played a World T20 will be joining the dressing room. "Our strength is spin and we have to stick to that", she added.
The team has continued to show its faith in Harmanpreet Kaur who will continue as the skipper. "Before the World Cup, we will be able to decide our best XI", Harmanpreet said.
"Before the World Cup, this series is going to be a big one for us and we will look for our best combination and with that we will give chances to newcomer also".
Harmanpreet further said that her experience of playing in the women's Big Bash League (WBBL) will help in planning.
Mohali-based Harleen Kaur Deol too started playing cricket at a young age of seven years and had joined the Himachal Pradesh U-19 academy at Dharamshala in 2012.
"T20 is the game which can be turned out anytime it can move into anyone's favour so there is no scope of mistake that's why this time we want to reach final and bring the world cup trophy home".
Tri-Series squad (16 members): Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Tania Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Sh, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Nuzhat Parveen.