Indian women’s cricket team recently concluded a successful tour to South Africa, where they defeated the hosts 2-1 in the ODI series and 3-1 in the T20I series. Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj were the star players for the Indian team. The captain herself scored 261 runs in 7 matches at an average of over 50. But what caught the eye the most was the performance of some young players in the T20 series, especially Jemimah Rodrigues, who credits Sachin Tendulkar for giving valuable tips to the India Women’s cricket team.
Jemimah Rodrigues credits Sachin Tendulkar for her success
Mumbai player, Jemimah Rodrigues, wasn’t picked for the ODI series but she did play 3 T20 matches which included a match-winning knock 44 in the fifth T20I. She has credited her success in South Africa to the valuable tips given to her by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian batting icon met the Indian women’s team prior to their departure to South Africa and spoke to them about his experiences of playing in South Africa.
Rodrigues was particularly pleased to have the master blaster giving her tips to handle the pace and bounce that is normally experienced on foreign pitches. As reported by Mid-Day, Jemimah Rodrigues said,
“People kept telling me that the wickets in South Africa are very pace-friendly and that the ball comes on to the bat very quickly. I was a bit apprehensive on hearing all this, but after meeting Tendulkar sir, all my fears vanished. He first asked me if I was nervous and said that it was good to be nervous because it meant that I cared about doing well. He advised me not to think that the ball was going to come faster, but instead imagine that it would come nicely onto the bat,” she said.
Rodrigues is currently in Rajkot with the Mumbai U-23 team, which is taking part in the West Zone tournament. After her brilliant knock in the final T20, Rodrigues was over the moon seeing Sachin Tendulkar tweeting his appreciation for the innings. The former Indian captain wrote on the social networking site,
“A fantastic knock of 44 in just 34 balls and a stunning catch at deep mid-wicket by the youngster, Jemimah Rodrigues. Hope this girl has a very long career. My best wishes to you.”
“Nothing can be bigger than the great Tendulkar tweeting about me. It’s because of him that now so many people know me. Even long lost friends have started messaging me now. The feeling hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Jemimah while talking about the congratulatory tweet.
The Indian women’s team will now be welcoming the Australian team to India for a 3 match ODI series starting on 12th March in Vadodara. Jemimah Rodrigues, who is still only 17, also shared her experience of playing with a veteran of the game, Mithali Raj. She said, “In my first international match itself, I found myself at the other end batting with her. I idolise her and for a few moments, I simply kept staring at her from the non-striker’s end.”