Jemimah Rodrigues is aware of her strengths effectively and finds no cause to vary her pure sport so as 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 totally different in its building from how Harmanpreet or a Shafali Verma performs.
“Smriti had told me long back in the IPL [Women’s T20 Challenge] in 2019 that you don’t have to be a Harmanpreet Kaur or a Smriti Mandhana. You have to be a Jemimah Rodrigues. I think I have understood that role and it’s helping me,” Jemimah stated after the match.
For Jemimah, individuals’s perceptions doesn’t matter a lot.
“The team has given 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 to play the best role I want to play for the team,” she added.
She has no qualms in admitting that power-hitting isn’t her forte however she continues to be engaged on that specific skill-set so as to contribute extra within the shortest format of the sport.
“Definitely, I’ve worked 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 hit the (gaps for) singles and doubles well; I know how to manoeuvre the field. I think that is my strength,” she stated.
Jemimah is assured that even with out hitting a good quantity of sixes, she will nonetheless agency up the strike-rate at a good tempo.
“My game is not very flashy but even without that, I end up with a good strike rate. That is what I have realised I don’t have to be someone else; I have to be Jemimah Rodrigues to score. This is what has helped me,” she went on so as to add.
She additionally highlighted the equation shared between her and the coach Ramesh Power and the latter’s function in selling her at quantity three, which she believes, is her excellent place to flourish.” Ramesh [Powar] sir had informed me after the final sport to be ready for No. 3,” she stated. “Honestly, once I was getting ready, I used to be prepared for each.
Even once 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 staff can want me anyplace and I must be prepared for that,” Jemimah stated.
“But definitely, I love No. 3. It’s my position. [I’m] glad I got to play there and contribute to the team, contribute to the plan, and it worked out well for the team,” she added.
The Mumbai-born cricketer additionally went on so as to add that the alternatives she obtained at The Hundred match for the Northern Superchargers final 12 months has performed a pivotal function in serving to her grasp the English situations and given her ample confidence to carry out on the CWG in Birmingham.
“The best thing about the ‘Hundred’ was the opportunity to get to play in English conditions, which I wouldn’t have gotten normally,” Jemimah stated. “Any match, even when it’s a home sport, I feel 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 obtained 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 whenever I play for India,” she added.