Jemimah Rodrigues knows her strengths well and finds no reason to change her natural game to mimic power-hitters like skipper Harmanpreet Kaur or elegant timers of Smriti Mandhana’s kind. Jemimah was instrumental in India’s thumping 100-run victory over Barbados with an immensely important 56-off 46-ball knockout, which was different in construction from how Harmanpreet or any Shafali Verma play.
“Smriti told me a long time ago in the IPL [Women’s T20 Challenge] in 2019 that you don’t have to be a Harmanpreet Kaur or a Smriti Mandhana. You must be a Jemima Rodrigues. I think I understood that role and it helps me,” Jemimah said after the game.
For Jemimah, people’s perception doesn’t matter much.
“The team gave me a role. If I can play that role, it doesn’t matter how other people look at it. If the dynamics suit our team, we have Shafali, Smriti, Harman, so I just want the best role that I want to play for the team,” she added.
She has no qualms about admitting that powerhitting isn’t her forte, but she’s still working on those particular skills to contribute more in the shortest form of the game.
“Sure, I’ve been working on my power game, but more than that, I’ve understood my game better. I’m not a power hitter, I’m a placer. I can punch the (holes for) singles and doubles well; I know how to do it.” field has to maneuver. I think that’s my strength,” she said.
Jemimah is confident that even without hitting a decent number of sixes, she can still increase the blow rate at a decent pace.
“My game isn’t very flashy, but even without it I have a good strike rate. That’s what I realized I don’t have to be someone else; I have to be Jemimah Rodrigues to score. This is what helped me” she continued.
She also highlighted the comparison between her and the coach Ramesh Power and the latter’s role in promoting her at number three, which she believes is her ideal position to thrive.
“Ramesh [Powar] gentleman had told me after the last game to prepare for No. 3,” she said. “Honestly, when I was preparing, I was ready for both. Even when I was preparing in the nets, with our side-arm (throwdown) specialist, I was prepared for both, because you never know, the team could need me anywhere and I should be ready for that.” said Jemima.
“But sure, I like No. 3. It’s my position. [I’m] I’m glad I got to play there and contribute to the team, contribute to the plan and it has worked out well for the team,” she added.
The Mumbai-born cricketer also added that the chances she got at last year’s The Hundred tournament for the Northern Superchargers have played a vital role in helping her understand England’s conditions and given her the confidence to take on. to join the CWG in Birmingham.
“The best thing about the ‘Hundred’ was the chance to play in English conditions, which I normally wouldn’t have gotten,” said Jemimah.
“Every game, even if it’s a domestic one, I think when you go out and score points, you gain confidence. And that’s what happened to me. I was blessed to play for the Northern Superchargers.”
“I had a good season there and I just wanted to continue that because the more I play, the better I do and the more I learn. I just want to apply that when I play for India,” she added.
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