India batter Jemimah Rodrigues has come back strongly in the ongoing ‘Hundred’, after her dismal performances with the bat during the team’s series against South Africa. Rodrigues was part of India’s all-format series against England but hardly got a chance to play.
Nonetheless, the 20-year-old has more than made up for the lost time by setting the stage on fire in the Hundred for Northern Superchargers by scoring 241 runs in five innings. Earmarked as a special talent, the right-hand batter started her India career with a bang but tapered off due to not scoring runs at the top consistently.
In the process, Rodrigues also had to cop a fair bit of criticism and negativity from the critics and fans. Speaking about the same, Rodrigues answered by saying that she ignores criticism and does not read negative stuff. “For me, the best way to handle criticism is to ignore it, not even go online or read stuff because it’s difficult when you are doing your best and working hard, nobody knows what you’ve gone through, the tears, the heartbreaks, the sweat you’ve put out to be where you are,” said Rodrigues on Sky Sports.
Rodrigues further opined that she handles the social media trolls by staying away from them and being in the right headspace. “And someone sitting miles away posting stuff on social media…it’s tough, and the way I handled this time to stay away from it as far as possible so I can focus on my game and be in the right headspace,” said Rodrigues.
Rodrigues concluded by saying that cricket has taught her a lot, as a player and as a human being.
“It’s been a rollercoaster ride for me, I’ve had ups and downs. That’s what cricket is all about, it teaches you so much, changes you personally not just as a player, as a human being,” concluded Rodrigues.