Jemimah Rodriguez is an Indian batswoman who hails from Mumbai, Maharashtra. She made her international debut in February this year and has been consistently playing for the national team, especially in the shortest format for sports – T20s. One of the few millenials to wear the blue jersey, Jemimah, is known for her explosive brand of batting. Her consistent form even earned her the BCCI’s Best Woman Cricketer award in the Junior Domestic cricket. She is expected to play a vital part in the 2018 Women’s World Cup.
|Full Name||Jemimah Rodriguez|
|Age||18 years (5 September 2000)|
|International Runs (ODI, T20)||(45, 336)|
|Major Teams Featured For||India Green Women, India Women, Mumbai Women|
Early Days – Tryst with Hockey and Cricket
Jemimah Rodriguez was born in Mumbai’s Bhandup region. She showed sporting brilliance and potential right from the start. In fact, according to many who know her closely, believe she is a born athlete. More than studying, one would find her playing either cricket or hockey. (She has even represented Mumbai’s U19 Hockey team). Jemimah would play as a centre-forward due to her lightening pace and incredible dribbling abilities.
Her abilities even caught the attention of the Indian Field Hockey coach, Joaquim Carvalho, who termed Rodriguez as ‘gifted’. Besides cricket and hockey, she also has sports like basketball and football on her portfolio.
But then how did cricket happen?
Well, according to Jemimah, it was by chance as there were more cricketing events to play than hockey (which is unsurprising, considering the cricketing culture that the city has). Nevertheless, even after breaking into the country’s national setup, she still aspires to one day represent India in hockey as well.
A Fast Start
When it comes to Jemimah Rodriguez, the time seems to run twice as fast. Her blistering form for school earned Jemimah a place in Mumbai U-19’s team. She was just 13 at that time. That was a big step for the youngster and there was no looking back. Over the next few years, she went on to become an integral part of the team. Soon, Jemimah was the captain of Mumbai’s U-19 side and had also featured for Mumbai’s U-23 and senior side as well as India’s U19 team.
Although she has played consistently well for the Mumbai U-19, her last two seasons have been notable, as she was the top-scorer in both of them. In the 2016-17 season, she scored 665 runs over 10 innings. In the following season she bettered her performance by scoring 1,013 runs which included 5 centuries and a double ton, enough to grab the attention of India’s national selectors.
The Indian Call-Up
Her smashing double ton, which also made her the only second Indian woman to hit the elated mark, (after Smriti Mandhana) earned Rodriguez a call-up in India A side.
She glittered for the team against Bangladesh, which was followed by an appearance in the Challenger’s cup. She finished the series as the third highest scorer.
As a result, the last frontier – the International Indian squad followed. Jemimah made her International debut against South Africa in a T20 competition. She scored a crucial 37 runs and partnered with Mithali Raj, her idol, to see India chase out the total with ease.
Then against Sri Lanka, she scripted history to become the first Indian woman to hit 3 consecutive sixes. She hit 36 runs off 15 balls in that match.
Playing for the National side
The long wait came to an end in 2011, when she received a call-up from the national side. Her first match in an Indian jersey, unfortunately, was against one of the toughest women team in the world – Australia. It was not only a tough match for her but also for the entire team. The Indian side wrapped up their innings after putting up just 62 runs, a target that the Aussies achieved in just 10 overs. Bisht had a poor outing, conceding 19 runs in 2 overs.
On the contrary, she had a much better ODI debut, where she scalped 2 wickets and gave away 32 runs in 10 overs. That was the joint best bowling performance along with Jhulan Goswami (who scalped 2 wickets as well, also giving away 32), but not quite enough to spot the Australians to stop from winning the ODI as well. Nevertheless, the innings played an important role in cementing Ekta’s place in the national side.
In 2012, she took a hat-trick in the ICC Women’s T20, as India were successful in restricting Sri Lanka to only 100 runs.
In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in both the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year. She was the only woman named in both squads
Jemimah Rodriguez is known for playing the most aggressive brand of cricket. While she can hit blazing boundaries, Jemima is also known for her capability of building a partnership. As a result of these qualities, she can play anywhere among the batting order. She can also prove to be a valuable asset when it comes to spin bowling.
When about choosing hockey over cricket, Jemimah said,
“I still love both, and I hope I can represent India in both“
Jemimah Rodriguez was born in the Bhandup area in Mumbai on 5th September 2000. After she showed sparks of sporting brilliance, her parents, Ivan Rodriguez and Lavita Rodriguez decided to shift to Bandra for better sports infrastructure.
Ivan Rodriguez owns a private coaching centre in Bandra. He also coached at Jemimah’s new school and would encourage the girls to take up sports, and cricket in particular.
Lavita, Jemimah’s mother, is a nutritionist. Jemimah also has two elder brothers, Enoch and Eli.
Jemimah Rodriguez is categorized as a grade C player according to BCCI’s latest central contract system. As a result, Jemima earns Rs 10 lakhs per annum for playing in the Indian national side. Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, and Mithali Raj, who are all grade A players, bag Rs 50 lakh per annum.
BCCI’s Best Woman Cricketer award in the Junior Domestic cricket
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