India is all set to return to the test scenario after almost 7 years of absence and everyone in the squad is quite delighted to be a part of this journey.
The newbies were handed over their jerseys by the two most experienced players Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj. One such newbie, Jemimah penned down a beautiful letter and shared it on all her social media platforms, and expressed how grateful she is to be a part of this team.
The 20-year-old had put up a picture of her receiving the jersey from Goswami and Raj and had put up the caption, “Something that’s very close to my heart. Do read if possible :)”
In the letter, she wrote, “So today [Sunday] Ramesh sir called us for a team meeting and showed us the history we have of women’s cricket in India — from where it first started to where it has reached today… The ones who were before us made it possible for us to be a part of what we are today. The ones who did it without the recognition they deserved, the ones who brought women’s cricket to India.
“Then the two legends of Indian women’s cricket Mithu di [Mithali Raj] and Jhulu di [Jhulan Goswami] came up and shared with the entire team what cricket has meant to them and what it’s like being a part of this Legacy.
“The meeting ended off with this beautiful quote… Our greatest responsibility is to honor those who have been before us and those who will come after, to ‘leave the JERSEY in a better place.’”
“This series [tour of England] and the series here forth, we are playing for a far bigger cause than what we realize, we are playing for every single girl who desires to play this sport.”
This letter got an overwhelming response from people on all social media platforms.
20-year-old batter Jemimah is one of the many cricketers who will be making a debut in test cricket on June 16 against England. India will not just play a test match but will go on to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
Something that’s very close to my heart. Do read if possible 🙂 pic.twitter.com/dPic3n82fy
— Jemimah Rodrigues (@JemiRodrigues) May 30, 2021
Jemimah will stay back in England to participate in England domestic league, The hundred. She will be playing for the Northern Superchargers. She is one of 5 cricketers who have got a NOC to participate in the league, the others are Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Shafali Varma.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) May 29, 2021
The excitement in the Indian camp is surely going to be high for the coming months as India will play their first-ever day-night test match against Australia between September 30 to October 3 in Perth.