Indian women’s cricket team’s dream of winning the World Cup remains incomplete
Australia beat by 5 runs in semi-finals of Women’s T20 World Cup
The comeback player in Team India won everyone’s heart with her game
New Delhi. The Indian women’s cricket team (ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023) led by Harmanpreet Kaur may have been eliminated after losing the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. But, India played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Even in the semi-finals, it seemed that India would show the way out to defending champions Australia. But perhaps luck had something else in store and Harmanpreet Kaur’s run out turned the tide. Many players contributed in taking India to the semi-finals. Jemima Rodrigues, who batted at number-3, played an important role in this.
Jemima Rodrigues played a stormy inning of 43 runs in 24 balls while chasing the target of 173 runs in the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup. At one time it seemed that Jemima would meet captain Harmanpreet Kaur and take India to the finals. But, in an attempt to play a shot, she lost her wicket and the whole game turned upside down. But, the kind of innings Jemima played in the semi-finals won everyone’s heart.
Jemima was dropped from the ODI World Cup squad
Jemima Rodrigues did not get a chance to play in the Women’s ODI World Cup held in New Zealand last year. He did not get a place in the World Cup team. For him it was no less than a nightmare. However, instead of being disappointed, Jemima worked hard and made a comeback in Team India after the World Cup. Since then Jemima’s bat was speaking fiercely. She also proved it on many occasions in the Women’s T20 World Cup. In the very first match against Pakistan, Jemima gave India victory by playing an unbeaten 53 in 38 balls.
Fifty was hit in the first match against Pakistan
After playing the match-winning innings against Pakistan, Jemima Rodrigues had said that after being dropped from the World Cup team, she also played with under-14 children in Mumbai. This benefited me and I was able to play a match winning innings in a high pressure match against Pakistan.
Played cricket with under-14 boys for comeback
To return to the Indian team, Jemima was able to forget her status and worked to hone her batting at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai. During this, she also played with boys playing under-14 and under-19 cricket.
Regarding this, he said in a conversation with ESPNcricinfo, “I played with under-14 boys. You can imagine that being an Indian player, I played with U-14 boys. If I had lost my wicket against him, what would he say that I am getting out in front of him, so what next? I was under a lot of pressure. Many thoughts were coming in my mind. But fought the most. But I believe these things made me stronger as a player.
After this, Rodrigues returned to Team India and scored an average of 40 in 20 matches last year and now batted brilliantly in the Women’s T20 World Cup. It is a different matter that she could not win the World Cup. But definitely won everyone’s heart with his batting.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 24, 2023, 07:42 IST