After Mithali Raj’s retirement, India women’s team will step on ground for the first time as they will take on Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Thursday, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was confident that Jemimah Rodrigues will give hger best whenever she gets an opportunity.
After missing out on the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand this year, Jemimah struck a 21-ball 24 and a match-winning 44-ball 66 for Supernovas in their victorious Women’s T20 Challenge campaign in Pune. Before this, she amassed 243 runs in six innings for Mumbai, at an average of 60.75 and strike-rate of 167.58 in the Senior Women’s T20 League this year.
“I know she was not a part of the (50-over) World Cup. But Jemimah is someone who is experienced in the T20 format and has done really well for the side in T20Is. I think whatever opportunity she gets; she is ready to grab. It’s very important to keep talking to the players when you are going to plan as it will be difficult to give everyone equal opportunity. So, Jemimah will give her best whenever any opportunity comes in her way,” said Harmanpreet in a virtual press conference.
With the women’s T20 event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July-August and women’s T20 World Cup happening in South Africa early next year, India will be playing a slew of matches in the shortest format of the game. The road to all of that begins from the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Harmanpreet is keen to address and improve on the issue of India often losing the momentum when wickets fall in quick succession.
“There have been many times in the past when we lose wickets, we tend to lose momentum; don’t get to create it. It becomes a big worry for us, especially in that area after we lose early wickets, it is something we are trying to address, to maintain the momentum even after we lose wickets and get a bigger total.”