Jemimah Rodrigues reveals how the conversation with Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant contributed to the return to India

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Jemimah Rodrigues revealed she spoke to Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant after being dumped

Indian women’s team youngster Jemimah Rodrigues has been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few months. She was dropped from India’s squad for the 2022 ICC ODI Women’s World Cup but forced a return to the squad for the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.

The 21-year-old was the star of the show as her unbeaten 36-point shot helped India to a 34-point victory over Sri Lanka in the inaugural T20I in Dambulla on Thursday. Speaking after the match, Jemimah revealed how she had the opportunity to speak to players like Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant which helped her deal with setbacks.

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“My size is the same but the mental things have changed a lot. Over the past few years since the last tour in Sri Lanka, the journey hasn’t been very smooth and there have been a lot of ups and downs,” Jemimah said after picking up the player of the match award.

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Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the Mumbai-born cricketer highlighted how her conversations with Indian team captain Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant helped her overcome various setbacks.

“I also had the opportunity over the past few months to speak with cricketers like Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant and others. They actually said that those moments define you and prepare you for something greater. big thing is coming. If you watch it [in a] negative way, it’s not going to help. But these are the moments that define you as a cricketer. I had the chance to talk to them and some of our teammates,” she added.

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“I became calmer during this period and I understood the value of having good relationships… my family who have been there. The last few months have helped me understand even my game better. That’s the cricketer’s life – nobody’s life is smooth and what I learn is to get better every time,” she said.

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Jemimah’s crucial kick helped India go 1-0 in the three-game T20I series, with the second game due to be played on Saturday.

With ANI inputs

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