India Women cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues has put forward her eagerness to introduce Women’s IPL. She is so resolute to bring in India’s biggest sporting event for women that she made a statement saying, “Don’t even Televise it (IPL), at least let us be part of that competitiveness.”
Further adding that the game can be built on as we move ahead with it but at first, a start is necessary because only then, we would be able to analyze it. As per her, BCCI is worried about the success of the tournament which depends upon the number of teams and players which is obvious given this would be the first step towards Women’s IPL. To this, Jemimah has suggested starting with lesser teams and then gradually players will join.
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She believes that IPL would provide youngsters a platform to share the field with international players and for existing players to improve on their game and thus, opening the door of learning and opportunities.
She gave the example of 17 years old Shafali Verma who is known as India’s batting sensation, saying, “You might find many more people like Shafali Verma. She made her debut in the Indian women’s team after the T20 Challenge. Everybody knew she could smack it in domestic, but that time the fastest bowler, Lea Tahuhu bowled a bouncer, and she pulled it. This young 15-year-old just pulled it, and that’s what caught the selectors that if she can do it here, she can do it for the Indian team, and now she’s one of the best batters in T20”.
Thus, Jemimah who was the second-highest run-scorer in the inaugural edition of The Hundred is keenly looking forward to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Women in the times to come.
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