Words of encouragement from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant lifted Jemimah Rodrigues’ spirit whereas she tackled a troublesome section and labored on her comeback, which started proper after being dropped from the Indian girls’s group. The chirpy cricketer feels she is blessed to have spoken to the likes of Rohit and Pant. Jemimah, who was not a part of India’s World Cup squad in New Zealand, marked her return to worldwide cricket with an important 27-ball 36 not out to offer India sufficient runs to defend within the first T20 International in Dambulla on Thursday.
“My journey since the last Sri Lanka tour has not been smooth, it had its ups and downs. I have spoken to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, they told me these moments will define your career, they told me not to take it (being dropped from the squad before the World Cup) in a negative way,” Jemimah stated on the post-match press convention.
“They told me I should take up the challenge and move ahead. I am blessed to have spoken to them.” Coming in at quantity 5, Rodrigues didn’t succumb to the strain created by the Sri Lankan bowlers and scored some essential runs, hitting three fours and a six. India posted 138 for six and the visiting bowlers choked the Sri Lankans to safe a convincing 34-run victory.
“I have understood my game better in the four-five months, I have become calmer, I have changed though my height remains the same,” stated Jemimah.
“I started preparing right after I was dropped.” Coming into the center at an important juncture of the innings, Jemimah stated she was nervous to start out with.
“This innings means a lot, I was nervous initially but the late cut boundary helped me a lot in easing things up. I am back in the side after 4-5 months or maybe more than that. I was pumped up.” Asked in regards to the pitch, she stated, “I don’t know, it is more like the pitch where I stay in Mumbai. The pitches are similar, so I am used to playing in these conditions. I love this country, it is a very beautiful country. It is a privilege to come here and the love we are getting from the board is great.”
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