India's teenage sensation Jemimah Rodrigues has revealed that staying alone in England for the Kia Super League was a 'life-changing experience' which helped her emerge as a stronger person. Jemimah enjoyed an astonishing run in the competition, scoring over 400 runs at an average close to 58.
One of the youngsters who has been at the heart of the Indian women cricket team's revolution is Mumbai's Jemimah Rodrigues, who, despite being just 19 years of age, has already made heads turn with her performances. Having already represented India in 42 international matches, Jemimah looks certain to be a star of the future, contributing to the team with both bat and ball.
The turning point of Jemimah's career came earlier this year in England in the Kia Women's Super League, where she set the stage ablaze with her batting, scoring a staggering 401 runs for her franchise Yorkshire Diamonds in just 10 innings. Reflecting on the tournament, the 19-year-old has now revealed that her stint in England, where she was all by her own, was a life-changing experience for her and helped her mould herself into a better and stronger person.
“Travelling alone to England and then staying there and then staying there for the Women’s Cricket Super League was a life-changing experience," Rodrigues told Bombay Times, reported News18.
"I had to plan my practise sessions on my own, and I also did my own laundry and cooked my own food. It wasn’t easy, but at the end of it I emerged as a stronger person," she recalled her stint.
The teenager said that the popularity of women's cricket was still on the rise, admitting that people don't often recognize her off the field. However, she exclaimed about the buzz surrounding women's cricket in the country and revealed that a collective dream of the women's team is to win the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“Unless I am wearing the team India T-shirt, not many people recognize me instantly even now. But things are now changing and the following for women’s cricket has grown immensely. Another great development is that women’s T20 cricket has been made a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. And winning medals at a global event like CWG will be an unbelievable feeling. We really want to make it happen,” said the 19-year-old.
Jemimah is also a very popular figure amongst her teammates off the field, often known for her energy and charisma. The opener revealed that she is someone who likes to have fun off the field and said that playing guitar is one of her go-to activities when it comes to relieving stress.
“I am someone who can’t sit quietly in the dressing room, and we have a lot of fun. And the seniors in the team have always been very approachable. I love dancing whenever I want to celebrate, and playing the guitar is my biggest stress-buster,” she signed off.
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