Jemimah Rodrigues first donned India colours during a T20I against South Africa at Potchefstroom in February this year. @ AFP
Jemimah Rodrigues first donned India colours during a T20I against South Africa at Potchefstroom in February this year. @ AFP

Jemimah Rodrigues, the 18-year-old batswoman from Mumbai, topped the batting charts for India in the recently-concluded five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka where she registered 191 runs in four innings (one match was washed out) batting at No.3 at a staggering strike-rate of 155.28.

Rodrigues’ next assignment is the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, her first global event that begins on November 9 when India will be up against New Zealand in a Group B encounter.

“Now, I am preparing for the World Cup. It’s all about mental preparation. I am preparing with the boys at the MIG [Club]. It’s my first World Cup and it’s more about mental preparation. I am also practising at the Bandra Kurla Complex with the senior women’s Mumbai team,” Jemimah told PTI on Thursday on the sidelines of an annual awards function organised by the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai.

Rodrigues, who first donned India colours during a T20I against South Africa at Potchefstroom in February this year, recalled how veteran from the team – Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur made a nervous Rodrigues feel at home when she first entered the dressing room.

It is learnt that the Indian women’s team coached by Ramesh Powar will train in Mumbai before they depart for the Caribbean.