Indian women’s team batter Jemimah Rodrigues said she trusts in her own abilities and cannot imitate any other player in the team.
Jemimah played an important knock of 46-ball 56 not out in India’s thumping 100-run win over Barbados in a do-or-die match of the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Just want to play the best role for the team: Jemimah Rodrigues
Batting at No.3, Jemimah hit six boundaries and a six during her calm and composed knock to power India to 162/4. She forged a 71-run stand with opener Shafali Verma (43) for the second wicket and 70 more runs with Deepti Sharma (34*) in the end.
“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 said after the match.
“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.
I’m not a power-hitter, I’m a placer: Jemimah Rodrigues
Jemimah had no qualms in admitting that she isn’t a power-hitter, a much important role in modern-day T20Is, but is keen to develop that aspect.
“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 said.
“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 further said.
India restricted Barbados women to 62 for 8 in the second innings with another fiery spell from Renuka Singh Thakur (4/10) helping Harmanpreet Kaur and her players to secure a semi-final berth in the CWG 2022.