Shimla, August 26
To fulfill the dream of the father, Renuka Singh Thakur of Himachal Pradesh, who once played cricket with the boys in the village ground, will wear the blue jersey of Team India. Rohru’s medium pacer Renuka from Parsa village, who practices at the Dharamshala Cricket Academy, has been selected in the T-20 cricket team for the tour of Australia.
Renuka’s cricket journey to reach this point has not been easy. After losing her father at the age of three, the responsibility of the family fell on her mother. Renuka’s mother started a job in IPH department as a Class IV at that time. Renuka’s father gas a dream that his daughter and son would play for the Indian team.
HPCA opened the academy in the year 2009 at Kangra, which is now running in Dharamshala. Renuka went to Kangra and the selection was also done. At that time Renuka was 14 years old. Renuka’s coach Pawan Sen told that Renuka had a lot of passion for cricket. She performed well in junior and senior categories. In 2019, Renuka was selected for India’s A team. Then also team went of Australia.
Renuka is the only woman bowler from Himachal to take a hat-trick in the national tournament. In Under-19 against Karnataka, Renuka took a total of five wickets while making a hat-trick. Renuka took nine wickets in the senior national tournament this year.