Following the eventually comfortable 48-run win over Australia on Saturday, November 17, in the final group league encounter of the ICC Women’s World T20, Jemimah Rodrigues, an integral part of the Harmanpreet Kaur led Indian T20I side, has stressed on the need to continue the momentum and stretch forward the winning run deeper into the competition.
“I think it’s important not just because it’s Australia, but for ourselves and our team, because we’ve got the momentum,” the young right-hand batter was quoted saying by ICC, “So we need to keep that momentum, keep doing the things, don’t focus mainly on the results. So I think it plays a huge impact on our team and I think we look forward to it, but not get carried away and try to do even better in the semi-finals.”
Giving an insight into India's pre-game plans ahead of the stiff encounter against Australia, Rodrigues also affirmed that the squad was taking inspiration from exploits of the great Mithali Raj and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's outstanding World Cup semi-final knock of 171* against the same opposition last year in England.
“Yes, (that knock) was definitely discussed (before the match),” she said and continued, “In our meetings. it’s always good to remember the good stuff we’ve done. And it plays an impact and motivates each other. So we have spoken about that."
“So I think today also Harry [Harmanpreet] di and Smriti( who finally hit form scoring a magnificent innings of 83 from just 55 and earned Player of Match award for her exploits), the partnership they had, I think if Harry di would have stayed for longer, we would have remembered a bit of the same one. But I think it was good.” the 18-year-old added.
Looking forward to the semi-final at Antigua on Thursday, November 22, Rodrigues assessed, “I think we bowled really well. We stuck to our plans, what we decided. And I think more than sticking to the plans the execution was really amazing by the bowlers, and the fielding also proved it. So I think it was a really good one today.”
“I think from the first match to today, we all have seen a lot of improvement in our bowling and in our fielding. Our teammates, everybody, the coaches, the support staff, everybody is putting in a lot of effort, were working really hard and it’s paying off. We just try and get better,” she signed off.