Renuka Singh Thakur is making her comeback to the Indian women’s cricket team after 9 months. She has been included in the Women in Blue’s squad for 3 T20I and 1 Test match against England. In the opening match of INDW and ENGW T20 series, she marked a remarkable return by dismissing two of England’s women’s batters in the very first over.
Renuka Thakur strikes 2 wickets in 2 balls in her Comeback match
After winning the toss, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chose to bowl, a decision that proved to be good as Renuka Thakur dismantled Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey in two successive deliveries during her first over. She managed to secure 2 early wickets, conceding only 2 runs in that crucial over. Her next over was also economical, giving away just 7 runs.
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However, the pressure Renuka Thakur put on didn’t last long. Danielle Wyatt and Nat Sciver built a strong partnership for the 3rd wicket. The other Indian bowlers struggled against them and faced the hammering. Wyatt and Sciver guided England to a strong total with their 138-run partnership. Wyatt concluded her innings with 75 runs off 47 balls, while Sciver was dismissed by Renuka Thakur in the 19th over, at the score of 77 runs in 53 balls. Despite Renuka’s brilliant bowling effort England managed to post a mammoth 197-run total on the board.
Renuka Singh Thakur returns to Team India after 9 months
Before today, Renuka Thakur’s last match for India was the T20 World Cup 2023 semi-final in February. Following India’s defeat against Australia in the semi-final, she participated in the Women’s Premier League 2023 for Royal Challengers Bangalore but had a forgettable season. Despite playing in 6 matches, she could only secure 1 wicket, leading the management to bench her for 2 games.
She faced consequences for her underwhelming performance in the Women’s Premier League, finding herself excluded from the Indian squad that secured a gold medal in the Asian Games 2023. However, she has now made a successful comeback to the national side, clinching 3 wickets in her comeback match. The Shimla-born is also anticipated to make her Test debut in the only Test match against the England women’s starting December 14.