The proliferation of the global contagion that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has put the entire world under a lockdown. And, so with no action on the field, cricketers have been restoring to a plethora of different activities to keep themselves busy.
Yuzvendra Chahal is, as usual, making Tik Tok videos with his family while the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur are using this time to interact with their fans via Question-Answer session. The latest to join the bandwagon is charismatic India batswoman, Jemimah Rodrigues.
In a freewheeling chat on Instagram Live, the Mumbaikar answered a variety of questions. One of the fans asked Rodrigues which batsman’s cover-drive she likes the most and the Indian batswoman was quick to name the current No.1 ranked T20I batsman and Pakistan’s captain in the shortest format of the game Babar Azam as her favorite.
“Cover drives. I love Babar Azam’s cover drive,” Rodrigues replied.
Babar Azam has been one of the most consistent batsman in the recent times
Babar Azam made his International debut five years ago in 2015 and post that, has become of the premier batsman of the world courtesy his insatiable appetite for runs and gorgeous strokeplay.
Azam has been a consistent run-getter for Pakistan in all three formats of the game and was elevated to the captaincy post in the shortest format of the game following Pakistan’s shocking 0-3 defeat to Sri Lankan at home last September.
Azam’s first tour as captain was the trip to Australia and even though Pakistan lost the T20I rubber 0-2, he was the lone shining light as he emerged as the highest run-getter in the three-match series. Azam then managed to carry his form into the five-day format of the game and narrowly missed out from stroking back-to-back hundreds against the pace-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.
As far as Jemimah Rodrigues is concerned, the Indian batswoman was a part of the national sides’ ICC T20I World Cup campaign in Australia where the Women in Blue scripted history by making their way into the finals for the very first time.
India came in the finals unbeaten but was eventually humbled by hosts Australia in front of 85000-odd fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.