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ESPNcricinfo Awards 2022 Women's T20I bowling winner: Renuka Singh stuns Australia

The India seamer knocked over Australia's top four in the Commonwealth Games

Shashank Kishore
Shashank Kishore
18-Mar-2023
Australia came prepared for a trial by spin but ended up getting Renuka's probing questions out of syllabus. Batters who repeatedly make a mockery of fields in powerplays were caught being indecisive on a day when everything Renuka bowled hit the right spot.
She extracted late movement from the ball and managed to nip it both ways, creating doubt in the minds of batters like Alyssa Healy, who edged a fullish delivery to slip for a duck, Meg Lanning, who was done in by the dip of a short and wide one, and Beth Mooney, who played on to a fuller delivery that angled across her.

Key moment

Tahlia McGrath, one of the best young batters in the women's game, had just come in after Renuka had dismissed Australia's top three. Renuka reserved her best delivery for McGrath - a devious inswinger from a sixth-stump line, bending back in more than halfway through its journey to sneak through McGrath's defence.

The numbers

2 Number of four-wicket hauls Renuka picked up at the Commonwealth Games, where India finished silver medalists
7 Number of T20Is Renuka played against Australia in 2022 - her most against an opposing side that year

What they said

"I haven't seen a more impressive performance from an Indian fast bowler not named Jhulan Goswami in recent times. It was a complete show. Swing, seam, late movement, bounce - it was like she brought out her bag of tricks and had fun."
- VR Vanitha, former India international and lead talent scout of Royal Challengers Bangalore (WPL)

The closest contenders

Ash Gardner
3 for 16 vs India, Commonwealth Games final, Birmingham

Gunning for gold, Gardner first had Shafali Verma caught in the ring in the third over, but the killer blow was her spell at the back end, when she dismissed Pooja Vastrakar and Harmanpreet Kaur in successive deliveries to seal the game.
Katherine Sciver-Brunt
4 for 15 vs South Africa, Chelmsford

Fast, fearsome and deadly accurate, Sciver-Brunt ripped the heart out of South Africa's batting on a flat deck in the series opener. She removed Lara Goodall in the first over with a late inducker and then followed that up with the big wicket of Suné Luus in the next to chalk up her 100th T20I wicket. Then she returned in the death overs to add two more wickets, capping a memorable outing.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo