Indian cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues, who turned into ranked world No two within the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings in February 2019, correctly completed a yr playing for India. On this present day last 12 months, the teenager from Bandra made her one-day global (ODI) debut against Australia Women in Vadodara. A year later, her father Ivan Rodrigues, who also coached her initially, feels that although Jemimah has performed high-quality heights after gambling for the country, she continues to be identical. “Whenever she is at domestic, she receives bread and eggs herself from the bakery to prepare dinner breakfast for her brothers. There’s no trade as such but genuinely, people’s mindset toward her has changed a lot. When she walks on the road, anyone looks returned and asks for a selfie together with her,” he says. Jemimah started playing cricket while she was within the 6th grade and was additionally a part of U-17 Maharashtra hockey team.
Remembering the journey, her father stated that like each different player, Jemimah also had to undergo united states and downs. But now he feels proud because the 18-year-vintage right-hand batswoman has managed to make a mark for herself within the national group. “People have now commenced recognizing me due to her. Once after I become on my way for a dental checkup, a man waved at me and requested whether or not I am Jemimah’s father? That changed into the maximum precious moment for me and for each father in the international – to get known by the strong word of their youngsters,” he stated. “The whole level of the game and that of thinking changes while you start playing across the world,” he said, talking approximately his daughter’s entry onto the international scene. “One must have a lion’s mind to play at that level, and the instant Jemimah stepped in that worldwide area, it became the alternate in her mindset which helped her.” Speaking on her bond with different senior cricketers, her father said, “The seniors have continually supported my baby. Smriti Mandhana is her roommate from the day she stepped into the Indian dressing room. They have constantly been top buddies. Even Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur support her usually.”
Before being decided on for the national group, Jemimah had played and practiced numerous instances with former India national under-19 cricket team captain Prithvi Shaw and U-19 crew’s bowler Arjun Tendulkar, as they belonged to the same membership. “For me and for Jemimah also, it was tough initially because while she used to go to practice or playsuits, differences were made, and people doubted if she may want to play or no longer in opposition to the men. Certain organizers might no longer permit it, but through God’s grace, she exceeded all the exams and is still proving what women can obtain.” According to Jemimah’s dad, she got selected for the U-19 team while she becomes handiest 12 years antique. Her father stated, “Jemimah’s stage turned into completely exceptional from the start until the time she performed for the nation. She in no way played or practiced with girls; however usually with boys.” Ivan Rodrigues additionally appeals to parents to by no means underestimate woman strength and to offer them an equitable remedy like the ones given to boys. “If this happens then no one can prevent them from playing and serving for his or her united states of America and creating a call for themselves,” he stated.