Words of encouragement from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant lifted Jemimah Rodrigues’ spirit as she embarked on a difficult phase and worked towards her return, which began just after she was dropped from the Indian women’s team. The chirping cricketer feels she is blessed to have spoken to people like Rohit and Pant. Jemimah, who was not part of India’s World Cup squad in New Zealand, marked her return to international cricket with a crucial 27-ball 36 that was not out to give India enough runs to defend in the first T20 International Thursday in Dambulla.
“My journey since the last Sri Lanka tour has not been smooth, it has had its ups and downs. I spoke to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, they told me these moments will determine your career, they have for me said not to take it (being in a negative way dropped out of the group before the World Cup), ”Jemimah said at the post-match press conference.
“They told me I had to take up the challenge and move on. I’m blessed to talk to them.” After coming in at number five, Rodrigues did not succumb to the pressure created by the Sri Lankan bowlers and scored some important runs, hitting three fours and a six. India scored 138 for 6 and the visiting bowlers choked the Sri Lankans to secure a convincing 34-run victory.
“I understood my game better in the four to five months, I calmed down, I changed even though my height remained the same,” said Jemimah.
“I started preparing just after I was dropped.” In the middle at an important time of the innings, Jemimah said she was nervous to begin with.
“This turn means a lot, I was nervous at first, but the late cutting edge helped me a lot to ease things up. I’m back in the side after 4-5 months or maybe more than that. I was pumped up.” Asked about the field, she said: “I do not know, it’s more like the field where I live in Mumbai. The fields are similar, so I’m used to playing in these conditions. I love this country, “It’s a very beautiful country. It’s a privilege to come here and the love we get from the board is great.”
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