Since her debut for India women last year - at the age of 17 - Mumbai   s Jemimah Rodrigues has had a meteoric rise in international cricket
Since her debut for India women last year – at the age of 17 – Mumbai s Jemimah Rodrigues has had a meteoric rise in international cricket

Since her debut for India women last year – at the age of 17 – Mumbai s Jemimah Rodrigues has had a meteoric rise in international cricket and just one year in to top flight cricket, she finds herself second in the ICC Women s T20I batting rankings behind only to New Zealand legend Suzie Bates.

That too, at the age of 18, indicating that sky’s the limit for the top-order batter, however, she isn t getting carried away by the early success.

It definitely feels good, but I don’t want this to get to my head, get carried away, Rodrigues told The Mid-Day. I just want to keep doing well and get better at what I do. Playing cricket is something I enjoy and I don’t want to take unnecessary pressure and spoil that. I just know that I need to enjoy the process and ensure my team does well. The rest will follow.

During the recently concluded tour of New Zealand, Rodrigues managed two fifty plus scores – one in ODIs and one in T20Is – helping Indian women claim the ODI series 2-1. She said the tour was a big confidence booster for her.

It was definitely a confidence booster for me. I needed to score some runs, build that confidence. I learnt a lot from playing in different weather conditions and against good opposition, she said.

On being asked about any areas that she needs to improve in her batting, the 18-year hopes to start hitting a few more sixes.

Personally, I would say hitting sixes. That’s the one area I need to work on, she said, adding that like her senior teammates Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, she would also love to play women’s cricket leagues around the world.

Yes, I would love to experience that somewhere down the line. Playing with players of different countries will get me great exposure to quality bowling, batting and fielding. I would love to pick up some fitness tips and their work ethic. They [Harmanpreet and Smriti] have told me about the fitness standards there, she added.