CWG 2022: Renuka Thakur stuns Australia for a brilliant four with a brilliant spell

After taking Alyssa Healy to backward point for no run off the first ball, Renuka wreaked havoc for Australia, with her swing, accuracy and some help from the hybrid pitch as her fab four of Alyssa (slip to slip). , Meg Lanning (chopped at backward point), Beth Mooney (played on) and Tahlia McGrath fell with only 34 in the first five overs.

But efforts from Ashleigh Gardner (52 not out), Grace Harris (37) and Alana King (18 not out) saved Australia from Renuka’s disastrous dream of 4-18 to win by three wickets – on the back of the win. After the match, Renuka revealed that Tahlia’s dismissal was satisfying for her.

It clearly had to be Tahlia, a familiar nemesis for the Indian team in the past, coming off Rajeshwari Gaikwad for three boundaries. Tackling him with a length ball and then swinging it through the gate to bowl Tahlia was unbelievable by Renuka, which can be seen from the batsman’s reaction after the bails fell.

Renuka said, “She (Alyssa Healy scalps) was a really big wicket. We had already planned how to bowl according to the ground. So, I implemented it and it boosted my confidence. McGrath is my favorite wicket. It was a mixed area after the match ended,” Renuka said.

Apart from Deepti Sharma’s two wickets, none of the Indian bowlers performed impressively as Australia demonstrated their ability to bounce back from any position, which is the hallmark of any champion team.

The handing over of debutante to pacer Meghna Singh, who conceded 24 runs in her last two overs, also happened due to the unavailability of fast all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar (back home with Covid-19), which was acknowledged by Renuka.

“We had it from the beginning that we have to win the match as we had till the last moment. But actually we have only two fast bowlers and wickets, conditions are favorable for the fast bowlers today. We meet Pooja (Vastrakar) today. Missed it. Everyone wants to win. It’s a different feeling to win, but I hope the gap can be bridged next time (against Pakistan on Sunday),” Renuka said.

Better fitness has also been a focus point for Renuka apart from honing her swing bowling skills and hitting tougher lengths, which tend to trouble the batsmen a lot. “I have been working on my fitness for the past one month. We had a dedicated fitness camp recently, and was focusing on hitting hard lengths. It has helped my bowling a lot.”

“Also, I am working on my swing bowling because I am a swing bowler and the more I am able to swing the ball, it is beneficial for me. I have worked on speed, agility and stamina because I am a swing bowler. I am a fast bowler, so those are really important skills. It has helped me a lot.”

Renuka hails from Rohru town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. After the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) opened a girls’ residential cricket academy in Kangra in 2009, a young Renuka joined in 2010 after appearing for trials in Dharamsala, where she was taken in by her uncle Bhupinder Singh Thakur.

“Yes, there is an academy in Himachal (Pradesh). I joined in 2010 and it was opened by Anurag (Thakur) sir. The stage there is really good because in the village, they don’t play much cricket. It was a Really good idea (to open the academy) because a lot of players are coming out from Himachal.”

Renuka credits support from her mother Sunita, brother Vinod and the people of her village. “The people of the village I come from are very happy because I played cricket with all the young and big boys in my childhood. Whenever I come back home, there is a lot of happiness in the village. My family I have my mother and brother, who got a job after my father (died). My mother supports me a lot since childhood.”

Renuka made her T20I debut in Australia last year through a three-match series and was back in the scheme of things for the shortest format of the game with a 2-1 win against Sri Lanka before coming to Birmingham. After Friday’s stellar performance against Australia, it is expected that Renuka will often change the scenario of the match in the future.

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