Young India batter Jemimah Rodrigues is set to ply his trade in hockey after being left out of the national 16-member squad for the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. The woman prodigy will now take part in the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana Rink Tournament in Mumbai, where she will represent the Uncle’s Kitchen United Sports team.
Parking aside her cricket skills, Jemimah is a proficient hockey player as well. At the age of nine, she was picked in the Uncle’s Kitchen United Sports team. She was a regular on the hockey ground, having played for her school at the MSSA (Mumbai Sports School Association). Recently, she also shared a video where she can be seen playing the sport.
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Jemimah Rodrigues, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut miss out
India are currently in New Zealand where they are taking part in a one-off T20I and five ODIs at the John Davies Oval, Queenstown. Three of the senior players, including Rodrigues, Shikha Pandey, and Poonam Yadav missed the bus for the bilateral series and the multi-nation mega event scheduled to be played in March-April.
Recently, head coach Ramesh Powar put forth the rationale behind not roping in Jemimah for the World Cup. “If you don’t perform, you don’t get your chances,” Powar was quoted as saying in Cricket Next.
Jemimah made her ODI debut back in 2018 but has mostly been in and out of the team. In 21 games, the right-hander has notched 394 runs at an average of 19.70 and a strike rate of 68.76. She has also scored three half-centuries, with a top score of an unbeaten 81.
After the tour of England in July 2021 where she scored 12 runs, she hasn’t got a chance to play in the 50-over format. In fact, the 21-year-old has scored only 21 runs in her last five innings. Her last half-century in the format came against the West Indies way back in November 2019.
Jemimah has also found it tough to get going in T20Is for the Women. During this while, she played some stupendous knocks for the Northern Superchargers in the Women’s Hundred and the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)