Jemimah Rodrigues has done excellently to turn the corner in less than 12 months after hitting her lowest point, the ODI World Cup snub in New Zealand last year, and scoring the winning runs in a triumph against arch-rivals Pakistan in the T20 global event.
In the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup for India, Rodrigues, who smashed a game-winning 38-ball unbeaten 53 to secure a seven-wicket victory, admitted that she once thought about quitting the sport.
“I guess it was about this time last year when I was at home and not in a good frame of mind after being dropped from (India’s) 50-man World Cup squad. That was the most challenging period for me, but there were so many people who helped me through it ” Jemimah Rodrigues stated during the post-match press conference.
Jemimah Rodrigues revealed her feelings during the conversation while crying, “Sincerity is told, there were numerous times when I was at a loss for words. I know a lot of people say you need to motivate yourself and back yourself up, but when a person is going through something, they only know what they’re going through. I had, there were so many times I had given up because I didn’t have the strength to carry on.”
“I had to play under-19 boys”: Jemimah Rodrigues
Jemimah Rodrigues made the wise decision to go back to her roots and compete against U-14 and U-19 males at the Azad Maidan rank-turners.
“Yeah, so I had like I said taken a break, then I went back to my coach Prashant Shetty and my dad (Ivan) also, so both of them together. We worked out a plan, like, in a week I had to play two games, like more match time, and the rest I would practice. Sunday was my off-day” Jemimah Rodrigues said.
“It is very challenging, in the morning there’s so much dew. So, in that condition, I had to play under-19 boys. So, putting myself in such situations actually helped me, getting out of my comfort zone,” Jemimah Rodrigues added.
Pakistan and India are bitter rivals and neighbours. Jemimah contributed with brilliant unbeaten 53-run innings off 38 balls to assist India to reach the 150-run target with six balls to spare. The gifted hitter entered the game in the middle of the final powerplay and stayed to the very end to help India win.