Melbourne. India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and young batsman Jemimah Rodrigues will play for Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The organizers made the announcement on Wednesday. Harmanpreet, 32, has previously played for Sydney Thunder but this will be Jemima’s first season in the league, 21. Shefali Verma and Radha Yadav will also play for Sydney Sixers in the league starting from October 14.
Harmanpreet said on the team’s website, ‘Playing in the Women’s Big Bash League has given me a lot of experience and it is a great platform. The new season is expected to be good with the new team. I would like to leave a mark of my performance. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur will not be able to be a part of the Day-Night Test match against Australia. Harmanpreet’s thumb injury has not healed completely.
Jemima told cricket.com.au, ‘My main goal will be to play good cricket and enjoy it. I know that only if I do I will be able to give my best performance. Jemima was not in the Indian team that lost the ODI series to Australia, but in the recent ‘The Hundred’ series, she scored 249 runs in seven matches by performing brilliantly for Northern Superchargers.
Renegades coach Simon Helmott said, “Jemima is a very talented young player who has made her mark in the world at the age of 21. He performed brilliantly in the ‘The Hundred’ series in Britain. She can score runs fast on every ground. He said, ‘Harmanpreet’s international record speaks for itself. She is the match winner and can turn the tide of the match in the blink of an eye. His experience and leadership skills will come in handy.