On Jhulan Goswami’s retirement, Renuka Singh shows she is ready to carry the baton

Deepti Sharma operating out Charlie Dean on the non-striker finish might need helped India clinch a historic whitewash at Lord’s in Jhulan Goswami’s farewell collection, however the participant of the match was Renuka Singh.

Renuka, 26, remains to be very new in worldwide cricket however has given glimpses that India’s quick bowling is in protected arms and she or he is able to carry ahead the baton from Jhulan Goswami.

In Jhulan’s remaining match, it was Renuka’s opening spell burst of 4 for 29, which opened the gates for India. She dismissed Tammy Beaumont, Emma Lamb, Sophia Dunkley, and England skipper Amy Jones.

The wicket of Dunkley has develop into a trademark Renuka dismissal — pitched up, wobble seam after which it jags again, a sure Tahlia McGrath can attest.

Renuka relishes bowling in English circumstances, and with 11 wickets, she was India’s main wicket-taker for India within the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games.

Wicket pe ghaas aur thoda sa seam motion milta hai toh mooh mey paani aa jata hai (I begin salivating if I see grass on the floor and slightly little bit of motion),” Renuka had advised Indian Express earlier than the ODI collection towards England.

In India’s opening match towards Australia within the Commonwealth Video games, Renuka ran by means of the eventual gold medallist’s high 4, eradicating Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, captain Meg Lanning and Tahlia McGrath in a formidable spell of 4-0-18-4. Though India misplaced the match, Renuka got here near virtually single-handedly successful the sport for India.

The opposite spectacular side about Renuka’s bowling is her wicket-taking skills with the outdated ball. At Derby, within the second ODI, Harmanpreet Kaur stole the present together with her scintillating 111-ball 143, and Renuka’s 4-57 went unnoticed. In that match, Renuka struck with the brand new ball, by eradicating Emma Lamb and Sophia Dunkley after which returned in her second spell to take away dangerous-looking Danni Wyatt, and Sophie Ecclestone to pulling the reins on England’s chase.

In her seven ODIs, Renuka has bagged three four-wicket hauls, together with back-to-back towards England within the latest collection. Within the T20Is, she has 15 wickets in 14 video games with a formidable economic system price of 6.23.

Participant of the Match India’s Renuka Singh poses together with her medal. (Reuters)

Within the few video games she has performed, Renuka has develop into Harmnapreet Kaur’s go-to bowler, identical to as soon as Jhulan was to Mithali Raj. Renuka had proven that India gained’t have to fret with the brand new ball after Jhulan Goswami’s retirement.

It’s nonetheless too early to match Renuka with Jhulan, however their journey to cricket has been kind of the identical. Each of them began taking part in cricket with associates and cousins like every other baby, breaking the occasional window. It’s streets the place they picked up the tempo, simply to have the ability to play with the boys who solely wished to bat. One was doing it on the plains of Chakda, West Bengal, whereas the opposite was traumatising boys in Rohru, Himachal Pradesh.

“I used to play with my elder brother (Vinod) and his associates, and usually within the gully cricket, nobody desires to bowl. I turned a bowler and after they taunted me for bowling sluggish, I began bowling with the run-up,” recalled Renuka.

Renuka has bowled with Jhulan in 4 video games and modestly says she would by no means be capable to fill the large boots of Jhulan Goswami.

India’s Renuka Singh Thakur celebrates with Pooja Vastrakar after taking the wicket of England’s Tammy Beaumont . (Reuters)

“In Australia, when Mithali (Raj) di gave me my debut ODI cap, Jhulu (Jhulan Goswami) di, was the primary to congratulate me. She mentioned ‘make me proud, take a great deal of wickets.’ I replied ‘Aapke aadhe tak bhi pahunch jaun wahi badi baat hai (If I attain half what you might have carried out, it is going to be a giant achievement),” mentioned Renuka, when requested about taking up from Jhulan Goswami.

“There’ll by no means be one other Jhulan Goswami. Many ladies like me have began taking part in cricket due to her. What she has carried out to Indian girls’s cricket is phenomenal,” she added.

Renuka’s inswinging deliveries have troubled all the highest batters to date; even her childhood coach had earlier advised this newspaper that ‘Inswing is her actual weapon,’ however Renuka she was actually struggling together with her inswing when she joined the senior workforce.

“I used to be with the workforce within the ODI World Cup, and I used to be struggling to bowl the inswingers. Coach (Ramesh Powar) noticed a number of technical flaws, and I labored on sure issues akin to run-up, wrist place, and I regained my contact,” she mentioned.

“Subsequent goal is to extend my velocity. It’s one thing that I’m engaged on,” she added.

It could be an uphill activity for Renuka to duplicate what Jhulan has carried out through the years. It’ll be an extended street, however the seamer has actually received all of the substances to excel on the highest degree.

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