India reaches semi-finals of Women’s T20 World Cup
Important contribution of Renuka Singh Thakur in India’s success
Renuka left home at the age of 13 to become a cricketer.
New Delhi. In the Women’s T20 World Cup (ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023) being played in South Africa, the Indian team led by Harmanpreet Kaur has reached the semi-finals. India beat Ireland by 5 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-interrupted match. Smriti Mandhana played an important role in India’s victory in this match. Smriti played an inning of 87 runs in 56 balls. The way Mandhana is working for the team in batting. In the same way, Renuka Singh Thakur is taking this responsibility in bowling. Renuka Singh has taken 7 wickets in 4 matches so far in the Women’s T20 World Cup. She is the highest wicket taker for India in the tournament.
It hasn’t even been two years since Renuka Singh Thakur made her debut in international cricket. But she is leading the Indian pace attack in the Women’s T20 World Cup. However, the journey for Renuka to reach Team India was not easy. Renuka had to struggle a lot. Her father passed away when she was 3 years old. Renuka’s father works in the Irrigation Department of Himachal Pradesh. After the death of the father, the mother got a job in his place. In such a situation, the mother brought up Renuka and her brother alone. Also fulfilled father’s dream of making Renuka a cricketer.
Renuka left home at the age of 13
Renuka also left home at the age of 13 to become a cricketer and reached the Women’s Cricket Academy of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Dharamshala. At that time Renuka was a big fan of Pacer Dale Steyn of South Africa. Renuka is a player of the first batch of the Women’s Cricket Academy of Himachal Pradesh. She wanted to become a fast bowler from the beginning. Renuka’s bowling matches to a great extent with Team India’s fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The way Bhuvneshwar swings the new ball. In the same way, Renuka also troubles the opposition bowlers a lot with the new ball.
Took 5 wickets against England
Renuka Thakur also proved this in the match against England in the Women’s T20 World Cup. He took 5 wickets in that match. By doing this, she became the first bowler to take 5 wickets in the Women’s T20 World Cup. In the year 2018-19, Renuka got a chance in the Challenger Trophy. He took 21 wickets in this tournament. Seeing this performance of Renuka Thakur, she was selected for the tour of Australia with the India-A team.
Made both T20-ODI debuts within 12 months
After this he made T20 debut in 2021 and ODI debut in February 2022. However, there was a time when this fast bowler was not getting a chance even after taking wickets in domestic cricket. Due to this she used to get disappointed many times. Then Sushma Verma, her colleague in the academy encouraged her. Sushma always gives Cheteshwar Pujara to Cheteshwar Pujara to get out of despair and disappointment, how Pujara had to struggle to get into the Indian team while he was also scoring runs continuously in domestic cricket.
Renuka will replace Jhulan Goswami
Renuka has taken 31 wickets in 31 T20s and 18 wickets in 7 ODIs for India. After the retirement of Jhulan Goswami, India needed a fast bowler to compensate him. The way Renuka has started, it is expected that she will be able to replace Jhulan and this time she will also be able to win the Women’s T20 World Cup title to India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 21, 2023, 06:27 IST