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India’s Renuka Singh Thakur named ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022

Renuka Singh Thakur, the Indian women’s team’s budding speed phenom, has been named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022. (ICC). Renuka was India’s 2022 find, particularly in the shortest format, when she frequently picked up wickets. She also played a significant role in the Women in Blue reaching the finals of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Renuka Singh took the onus of being the new spearhead of the Indian team’s pace department just as India looked for someone to fill the big shoes of veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami after she bid adieu to international cricket in 2022, and with senior pacer Shikha Pandey not being in the scheme of things of the selectors during the majority of 2022.

Renuka Singh Thakur has emerged as India’s most dependable bowler in white-ball cricket, particularly in T20Is, because to her exceptional ability to confuse world-class batsmen.

In 2022, the 26-year-old ended with 18 wickets at 14.88 and an economy of 4.62 in Women’s One Day Internationals. She also has 22 T20I scalps to her credit, with an average of 23.95 and an economy rate of 6.5. Thus, in 29 white-ball encounters, the rising speed wonder got 40 wickets.

Renuka’s greatest bowling performance in 2022 came against Australia in India’s first match in the CWG 2022, when she took four wickets. Thakur concluded with 4/18 in the match, defeating the likes of captain Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, and Tahila McGrath. During her great stretch, she bowled 16 dot balls.

India had an impressive effort at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, finishing as silver medalists after a tight loss to Australia.

Renuka Singh Thakur won the prize over compatriot Yastika Bhatia, England’s Alice Capsey, and Australia’s Darcie Brown.