Jemimah Rodrigues smashed her way into the record books with a 163-ball 202-run knock (not out) in an ongoing U-19 ODI tournament. Jemimah’s breathtaking innings helped her team to a whopping total of 347 for 2 in the allotted 50 overs against Saurashtra. Jemimah played her innings to perfection and stepped on the accelerator after breaching the half-century mark. She also stitched a 200-run partnership during her massive innings.
Here is her statement post the innings,
After scoring 178 against Gujarat, I realised that 200 is possible. The aim was to play as straight as possible and not commit any silly mistake.
Her coach Dadarkar said that Rodrigues was the captain last year too and led the team to the national U-19 women’s title. He also said that he pushed her to cross the double ton mark.
If she could score 178, she can easily hit 200 too. I tried to convince her that.
As the cricket world is still trying to discover the new pin-up girl of Indian cricket, we list out five interesting facts about the new kid on the block.
1. Started out as a bowler: Like Steve Smith who started out as a leg-spinner only to become one of the best Test batsmen in the world, Jemimah too started out as a bowler, only too realise she was better with the bat than the ball.
2. State level hockey player: Rodrigues was also a state-level hockey player and represented Mumbai U-19.
3. Plastic ball cricket: She started playing cricket, like many of us, with the plastic ball. Soon she transitioned swiftly into deuce-ball cricket. She was first selected for Mumbai U-19 at the young age of 13.
53 runs in 52 balls
100 runs in 83 balls
153 runs in 116 balls
202* runs in 163 balls
Put on 300 2nd wkt with S Raut
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 5, 2017
4. Smriti Mandhana fan: Rodrigues is a fan of Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana. Mandhana recently became the talk of the town after she blasted two tons in the ICC Women’s World Cup earlier this year, where India finished second best.
5. Staggering 320 average: As compared to Bradman’s 99.94 which is considered as the benchmark of averages in cricket, the class XII student’s average in the same U-19 tournament last year was a staggering 320.
With her staggering double ton, we may just have a player who may one day be a part of the national team when Mithali Raj calls it a day.