The ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year impressed everyone in 2022 with her magnificent demonstrations of sea and swing bowling and had a great run in 2022. We take a look at her journey and some memorable performances from the year.
Renuka Singh India
18 ODI wickets at 14.88, economy 4.62
22 T20I wickets for 23.95, economy 6.50
Renuka Singh, India’s newest fast bowler, beat Australia’s Darcie Brown, England’s Alice Capsey and compatriot Yastika Bhatia to become the 2022 recipient of ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
The year that was
There is a rightful buzz around 26-year-old Renuka Singh, who came to life for the Indian team in a busy 12 months.
The right-hander claimed 40 wickets for her country in just 29 matches in the two white-ball formats in 2022, filling the void left by the great Jhulan Goswami.
In ODI play, Renuka was particularly powerful, taking 18 wickets at an average of just 14.88, with eight coming in two appearances against England and seven in India’s series with Sri Lanka.
Renuka has been a thorn in the side of Australia’s line-up in the seven T20I meetings during the year, taking eight wickets, and her performances at the Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup show she’s no shrinking violet in tournament action. She claimed 17 wickets in 11 matches, against an economy of just 5.21.
Able to swing the ball or find anomalies from the surface, Renuka is likely to be one of India’s most reliable bowlers for years to come.
Renuka sent waves through the field of the Commonwealth Games early in cricket’s return, claiming four wickets to match the game’s best top score in a stunning display against Australia.
The swing bowler claimed Alyssa Healy with an outside edge to Deepti Sharma on a slip, before a false shot from Meg Lanning caught the Australian captain on point. A nip backer claimed Beth Mooney who cut through, before Tahlia McGrath was hit with a hooping in-swinger.
Renuka finished 4/18 with 16 dot balls, but as Australia stumbled to 34/4 the eventual champions continued to chase India’s 154.