Rodrigues scored an unbeaten 46-ball 56 – her seventh T20I-fifty – after looking like she would have no more overs for a long time, especially with Deepti taking up much of the offense towards the end. Between overs three and 15, Rodrigues hit only one border. Still, she continued to do the trick by playing the fields skillfully, other than making sure she ran hard whenever possible to squeeze runs.
“I’ve definitely worked on my power play, but more than that, I’ve understood my game better,” Rodrigues said after the game. “I’m not a power hitter, I’m a placer. I can hit singles and doubles well; I know how to maneuver the field. I think that’s my strength. My game isn’t very flashy, but also without it, i end up with a good pass rate that’s what i realized i don’t have to be someone else i have to be jemimah rodrigues to score this is what helped me.
“Smriti told me a long time ago in the IPL [Women’s T20 Challenge] in 2019 that you don’t have to be a Harmanpreet Kaur or a Smriti Mandhana, you have to be a Jemimah Rodrigues. I think I understood that role and it helps me. The team has given me a role, if I can play that role, it doesn’t matter how other people look at it. If the dynamics suit our team, we have Shafali, Smriti, Harman, so I just want to play the best role I want to play for the team.”
“Ramesh [Powar] gentleman had told me after the last game to prepare for No. 3,” she said. “Honestly, when I was preparing, I was ready for both. Even when I was preparing in the nets, with our sidearm specialist, I was prepared for both because you never know, the team could need me anywhere and I should be ready for that. But absolutely, I like No. 3, it’s my position. [I’m] I’m glad I got to play there and contribute to the team, contribute to the plan and it has worked out well for the team.”
“The best of the Hundred was the chance to play in English conditions, which I normally wouldn’t have gotten,” she said. “Not only that, taking in the world’s best bowlers. Every match, even if it’s a domestic match, I think when you go out and score runs, you gain confidence. And that’s what happened to me. I was blessed that “I had a good season there and I just wanted to continue that because the more I play, the better I do and the more I learn. I just want to apply that when I play for India.” “
That purple spot has now been extended to the Commonwealth Games, which India would hope will continue as they get closer to the medal rounds and beyond.