One wouldn’t have anticipated the 20-year-old English-born Australian opener Matt Renshaw to display such grit and application on this tour of India. The towering southpaw has been all at ease against the Indians as he has easily emerged as Australia’s biggest plus point in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Renshaw might not have got a big century to his name on the tour, but his starts at the top have been critical for the Kangaroos in getting a solid foundation.
Against the likes of R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Renshaw has been extremely patient and used his feet to perfection. To do so against the top two spinners in world cricket at the moment is simply exemplary. Back home, the young opener was showered with praises by former Australian opener Phil Jacques.
“He’s able to implement a plan and not veer from that plan,” Jaques said about Renshaw. “Watching the series in India, I think he’s done that really, really well. I think he’s structured his defence really well. He’s worked hard on his defence and he’s hitting the ball with the spin as much as he can.”
“Those have been the big things with him. He’s been incredibly patient and really waited for something that’s in his area to score, and found a way of keeping the other stuff out. And if it does go past the edge, he hasn’t been too bothered about it.”
Jacques added that Renshaw was bound for more success if he continued batting in the same manner. “I’d seen glimpses of the way he could apply himself before that, but that was the one innings where I thought ‘geez, this kid can bat time and apply himself’,” Jaques said. “I think that’s exactly what’s been needed in India. Watching from the outside it looks like every ball has been a challenge. Every ball is like a new contest, a battle within a battle, and Matt looks like he’s definitely been up for that.”
“I’ve seen Matt face over 30 balls for zero, and he could have gone another 50 and not been bothered. That is a very, very rare quality to have, to not be bothered by a situation that’s thrown at you. It’s like water off a duck’s back to him. It’s pleasing to see that four-day mindset can be so prevalent in a young guy. He’s definitely set himself up for success with that mindset.”