India Women Cricket Team’s player Jemimah Rodrigues feels it’s about time the women’s IPL is introduced considering there’s no dearth for talent at the domestic level. She believes there’s a disparity between the domestic and international teams and the gap needs to be fixed soon.
Rodrigues, who plays for Northern Superchargers Women, has set the stage ablaze in ECB’s inaugural edition of ‘The Hundred‘. The tournament has been a success so far, both on the men’s and women’s front, so the ideal time to launch an IPL tournament for women is right now, as per Rodrigues.
“Once they realise that ‘Ok, this is the standard, this is what I need to go out and do’, they will want to work harder and work better. That’s very important in India because there is a lot of gap between domestic and international sides in India.”
“In every street in India, you see boys and girls playing cricket – there isn’t any shortage of future players! I think it’s high time we had an IPL,” Rodrigues reckoned.
“It is going to make women’s cricket better” – Jemimah Rodrigues on Women’s IPL
The current Indian team has plenty of buzzing youngsters. Swashbuckling 17-year-old batswoman Shafali Verma is already making headlines at the international level, another 17-year-old, Richa Ghosh, is a bright prospect. Jemimah Rodrigues herself is just 20-years-old and she’s already rubbing shoulders with the best of the best in the Hundred.
This exposure at a young age can only be beneficial and will help the young aspiring women in the country to take up cricket as a profession. There’s plenty to learn from the international stars so an IPL would be the perfect platform for them, according to Rodrigues.
“When we see the WBBL happening, then the KSL and now the Hundred – we are all like, when will we have our own IPL? It is going to make women’s cricket better.”
“Imagine, the domestic girls here in England, the kind of experience they are having, sharding dressing rooms with international players. There’s so much to learn,” she added.
Unfortunately for Jemimah Rodrigues, her team, Northern Superchargers, failed to make it to the final of the Hundred despite being the top scorer of the tournament. She will next be seen in India Women’s tour of Australia in September.