Indian pacer Renuka Singh Thakur bagged the Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022 award. She has been leading India’s pace attack after Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement. Thakur scalped 40 wickets in 29 matches across T20Is and ODIs.
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During the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Renuka was at her best when she picked four wickets in her four-over spell against Australia in the opening match. She took the wickets of Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, and Tahlia McGrath.
As India sealed the Asia Cup title and reached the Commonwealth Games final, Renuka picked a total of 17 wickets across 11 games in both competitions at an economy rate of 5.21.
In the upcoming 2023 T20 World Cup, Thakur will be playing a crucial role alongside Shikha Pandey who also made a comeback into the India squad. Renuka’s impressive CWG outing even forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to praise her during the Commonwealth Games contingent’s felicitation ceremony on August 13. PM Modi said that Renuka Singh’s performance will encourage more and more young girls to take up sports as a career.
“The performance of all the players was excellent. Nobody had the answer against the swing of Renuka Singh Thakur. To be among the top wicket-takers in the Commonwealth Games is no little achievement. Her face has the peace of Shimla and the smile of mountains but her aggression puts the top batters in trouble. Such performance will definitely encourage daughters from distant areas to dream big,” the Prime Minister said in his speech.
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