Rodrigues, who had a brilliant first season for Northern Superchargers at The Hundred. England, scoring 249 runs with a maximum score of 92 *, arrived in Australia in full swing.
However, the 21-year-old did not find a place in the ODIs or the Pink ball test. She was a substitute outfield player and translator for some of her teammates during interviews. As well as spending time on social media.
In her first game on the tour, Jemima showed that her form was intact. She used the rhythm of the ball and racked up quick runs behind the wicket. Plus a few shots through extra coverage.
Defeating in third place, Rodrigues joined Shafali Verma after Smriti Mandhana retired 17 in the fourth round. Verma and Mandhana got off to a fast start, scoring 31 in 3.2 overs. Verma was in explosive form when he racked up his 18 runs from three-six.
Landing 12 five-ball runs with three fours before being caught upfront by left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux. Rodrigues and left-handed rookie Yastika Bhatia then raised 51 runs. For the fourth wicket as India hit 100 in 11.1 overs.
She became the youngest player to score 1,000 runs in T20I capped by rookie Hannah Darlington.
“It is so good to be back in the team and contributing with the bat. I’m not disappointed not being picked for the games. As long as the team management found the right balance,” Rodrigues said. “I did have that intent, going out there and doing my bit for the team. I kept questioning when will my time come while sitting on the bench,” said Rodrigues
“The runs I scored in The Hundred really helped me gain confidence and I think I could tour Australia owing to that form,” said the young batter
“The Hundred provided the players with a great platform and now eight Indian players are going to play in the WBBL shortly. It would be great when we will have our own T20 league back home,” said Rodrigues.
“I was nervous ahead of today’s game but I spoke to my parents and they read out one of the Bible’s scriptures saying, “God began in me, he will finish”. We played a very fearless brand of cricket today and that’s why we dominated.”
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