Jemimah Rodrigues: Indian New Cricket Talent
Jemimah Rodrigues is aware of her strengths effectively and finds no purpose to vary her pure sport with a view to ape power-hitters like skipper Harmanpreet Kaur or elegant timers of Smriti Mandhana‘s ilk. Jemimah performed an essential function in India’s thumping 100-run victory over Barbados with an immensely essential knock of 56 off 46 balls, which was completely different in its development from how Harmanpreet or a Shafali Verma performs.
“Smriti had instructed me lengthy again within the IPL [Women’s T20 Challenge] in 2019 that you do not have to be a Harmanpreet Kaur or a Smriti Mandhana. You must be a Jemimah Rodrigues. I believe I’ve understood that function and it is serving me,” Jemimah stated after the match.
For Jemimah, folks’ perceptions would not matter a lot.
“The group has given me a job. If I can play that function, it would not matter how different folks take a look at it. If the dynamics swimsuit our group, now we have Shafali, Smriti, Harman, so I simply need to play one of the best functions I need to play for the group,” she added.
She has no qualms in admitting that power-hitting is not her forte however she remains to be engaged in that specific skill-set with a view to contributing extra within the shortest format of the sport.
“Undoubtedly, I’ve laboured on my energy sport, however greater than that, I’ve understood my sport higher. I am not a power-hitter, I am a placer. I can hit the (gaps for) singles and doubles effectively; I understand how to manoeuvre the sector. I believe that’s my energy,” she stated.
Jemimah is assured that even without hitting a good quantity of sixes, she will be able to nonetheless agency up the strike rate at a good tempo.
“My sport is just not very flashy however even without that, I find myself with a strike fee. That’s what I’ve realised I haven’t got to be another person; I’ve to be Jemimah Rodrigues to attain. That is what has helped me,” she went on so as to add.
She additionally highlighted the equation shared between her and the coach Ramesh Energy and the latter’s function in selling her at quantity three, which she believes, is her ideally suited place to flourish.
“Ramesh [Powar] sir had instructed me after the final sport to be ready for No. 3,” she stated. “Actually, after I was getting ready, I used to be prepared for each. Even after I was getting ready within the nets, with our side-arm (throwdown) specialist, I used to be ready for each, since you by no means know, the group can want me anyplace and I ought to be prepared for that,” Jemimah stated.
“However undoubtedly, I really like No. 3. It is my place. [I’m] glad I received to play there and contribute to the group, contribute to the plan, and it laboured out effectively for the group,” she added.
The Mumbai-born cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues additionally went on to add that the alternatives she received at The Hundred match for the Northern Superchargers final yr have performed a pivotal function in serving to her grasp the English circumstances and given her ample confidence to carry out on the CWG in Birmingham.
“The very best factor concerning the ‘Hundred’ was the chance to get to play in English circumstances, which I would not have gotten usually,” Jemimah Rodrigues stated.
“Any match, even when it is a home sport, I believe while you go on the market and rating runs, you get confidence. And that’s what occurred to me. I used to be blessed that I received to play for the Northern Superchargers.
“I had season there, and I simply needed to proceed that as a result of the extra I play, the higher I do and the extra I study. I simply need to apply that each time I play for India,” Jemimah Rodrigues added.
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