India’s one of the most talented young batters Jemimah Rodrigues who is considered as the fame of women’s cricket in the country was a surprising exclusion in the team’s squad for their tour to New Zealand for a bilateral series followed by the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
With an experience of 50 T20Is and 21 ODIs, aggregating a total of 1055 and 394 runs respectively, her omission raised several questions from fans as well as experts of the sport but the 21 years old decided not to sit back with the thought of not making it to the big tournament. Instead, she took it as an opportunity to re-evaluate her goals and move on to try her passion for Hockey.
Yes, Jemimah will be representing Uncles Kitchen United Sports Team in Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana Rink Tournament. Scheduled in Mumbai from February 11 to 16, the tournament will see Jemimah exhibiting her hockey skills for which she has been praised a number of times in the past as well. For those who don’t know, Rodrigues who finished the inaugural edition of The Hundreds organized by ECB last year as the 2nd highest run-scorer was a part of her school’s hockey team. She used to represent her school St Joseph’s (Bandra) in the MSSA (Mumbai Schools Sports Association) inter-school league and has even represented Mumbai and Maharashtra at the U-17 level before moving ahead with Cricket.
You can’t keep Jemimah out of sports for long.
She will represent the Uncles Kitchen United Sports team at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana Rink Tournament in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/x8A0IwMZw1
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) February 9, 2022
As per a report by mid-day, the owner of UK United Ronnie D’Souza praised Jemimah saying “The Willingdon tournament is a prestigious one and very competitive too. We are happy that Jemimah has decided to play for us. The UK United girls are inspired by her presence. She scored some good goals during today’s practice session. I hope she can score in the tournament too and help us win the trophy,”
Jemimah is known for her brilliant dribbling skills in the sport. Though not with a bat in hand, her fans will get to watch her with a hockey stick this time while her cricket teammates will play the ODIs against New Zealand.
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