Jemimah Rodrigues – A star in the making
In November 2017, only a few months after a very revolutionary ICC Women’s World Cup, news got around that a sixteen-year-old from Mumbai smashed a double ton in a 50 over match against Saurashtra. As Sportstar so aptly puts it, “If you’ve been following women’s cricket of late, you would’ve definitely heard of Jemimah Rodrigues.”
If you’ve been following women’s cricket of late, you would’ve definitely heard of Jemimah Rodrigues.https://t.co/0p9o7xCVxO
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) March 19, 2018
Jemimah Rodrigues is having a stellar season. Half centuries in both semi and final to give Mumbai the U19 women’s championship!@BCCIWomen
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) December 25, 2016
Soon after, she found herself in the India A team, playing a home series against Bangladesh. But the first time I got the opportunity to see Jemimah bat was during the Challengers Trophy – her batting skills clearly stood out as she played some spectacular knocks for India Green – and I that was when I knew I was a fan.
By January 2018, young Jemimah had been selected for the Indian squad for the South Africa tour.
Making her international debut during the T20I series in South Africa, she continued to amaze her fans (Yes, she had fans even before her international debut – this is a new era of women’s cricket). All those who did watch Jemimah’s international debut and the remaining series, can possibly never forget the quickfire 37 off just 27 balls, or the 44 runs off 34 balls in the last match of the series. And if not that, her catch at the boundary line will probably be remembered for long.
WATCH: 17-year old Jemimah Rodrigues takes a stunning catch at boundary line against South Africa Womenhttps://t.co/A3izJWvZiN
— Sportswallah (@TheSportswallah) February 25, 2018
A spectacular international debut and she’s a great cricketer already. All the very best for the upcoming matches! ♡
— CricketinDiaries (@CriketinDiaries) March 9, 2018
The ODI debut came soon after. This time, it was an ODI against Australia at Vadodara. Opening the chase with Smriti Mandhana, she definitely did prove why they were the perfect opening pair for India. Her batting style – the intent, the fearlessness, and the timing – has also recently drawn praise from Australian captain Meg Lanning.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 12, 2018
In what was only her 10th international appearance, she achieved another milestone – her first ODI fifty, becoming the youngest Indian to score a T20 half-century.
⚡ MAIDEN 50 ⚡
The youngest Indian Woman to score a #T20I half century!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 26, 2018
Cyrus Says – Podcast featuring Jemimah Rodrigues
Having been selected for representing India at the U-19 hockey level, she has often said that she loves both games. And that even today, if she gets the chance she often picks up a hockey stick and starts playing. She likes to play the guitar as well.
In a recent podcast by Cyrus Says, hosted by Cyrus Broacha, Jemimah and her father talk about her South Africa debut; her childhood days when she would get 10-15 minutes of batting while her brothers batted for an hour each; her meeting with the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, her love for playing hockey, and much more.
The podcast is available at IVM Podcasts. (embedded below)
- November 2017 – Double century in domestic cricket
- November 2017 – Call-up for India A
- January 2018 – Women’s Challenger Trophy
- January 2018 – Call-up for India squad
- February 2018 – International debut in T20I against South Africa
- March 2018 – ODI debut against Australia
- March 2018 – First international fifty
With talented youngsters like her, the future of Indian women’s cricket is in safe hands. As her list of achievements continues to grow, I believe Jemimah is sure to feature in the T20I World Cup later this year. And sure enough, another exciting season of cricket awaits as the World Cup draws closer.