Jemima Rodrigues has revealed that she spoke to Team India’s men’s captain Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant during a difficult period in his career. Rodrigues was dropped from India’s ODI World Cup squad earlier this year. The talented batsman was recalled for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka and repaid the selectors’ confidence in the first match itself with a crucial innings of 36* off 27 balls to help India take a 1-0 lead in the series. got help.
Rodrigues opened up about his conversation with Rohit and Pant as he revealed how words of encouragement from both of them lifted their spirits during a difficult period.
“My journey has not been easy since the last Sri Lanka tour, there were ups and downs. I have spoken to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, they told me these moments will define your career, they told me not to take it (being dropped before the World Cup) in a negative way,” Jemima said. Said on the post- match press conference
“He told me that I should take up the challenge and move on. I am blessed that I spoke to him.”
His unbeaten 36-run knock helped India post a mini-collapse in the middle order to a 138-run stand for 6 wickets. Rodrigues hit three fours and a six on his return as the visiting bowlers smashed a boundary to guide Sri Lanka to a 34-run victory.
“I’ve gotten my game better in four-five months, I’ve calmed down, I’ve changed, although I’m the same height,” Jemima said.
“I started preparing soon after I was dropped.”
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Interrupting at a crucial juncture of the innings, Jemima said that she was nervous to start.
“This innings means a lot, I was nervous initially but the late cut boundaries helped me a lot to ease things up. I am back in the team after 4-5 months or so. I was pumped. ,
When asked about the pitch, she said, “I don’t know, it is like the pitch where I live in Mumbai. The pitches are similar, so I am used to playing in these conditions. I love this country, It’s a very beautiful country. It’s a privilege to be here and the love we are getting from the board is great.”
(with agency input)
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