Who is Jemimah Rodrigues?
If you follow women’s cricket, then you would definitely know who is Jemimah Rodrigues. She is one of the budding stars of the Indian Women Cricket Team, who has already stunned the world with her multiple achievements.
She scored a double century at age of 16, made international debut at 17 and was awarded Jagmohan Dalmiya Award For Best Domestic Junior Women’s Cricketer by the BCCI.
And, recently all-rounder Jemimah Rodrigues created another unique record.
As India women defeated Sri Lanka women by 13 runs in the first T20I and took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series,
Teenager Rodrigues became the first Indian women to hit three sixes in an over of an international game.
She smashed 36 off 15 balls in whirlwind innings that saw her becoming the first Indian woman to hit three sixes in an over.
Apart from her, wicketkeeper-batswoman Taniya Bhatia (46) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (36) made noticeable contributions powered India to 168 for eight in 20 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka team were bowled out for 155 in 19.3 overs.
Apart from Eshani Lokusuriyage (45) and Yasoda Mendis (32), none of the other batters could contribute much in front of great bowling attempt of Poonam Yadav (4 wkts) and Harmanpreet (2 wkts) and Radha Yadav (2 wkts)
Jemimah Rodrigues smashed 36 off just 15 balls with 3×4 and 3×6. She becomes the first Indian woman to hit three sixes in one over of an int’l game. pic.twitter.com/su7qC0YHim
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 19, 2018
But sadly many Indians were not able to witness the great performance of Indian women’s team as there is no live telecast of women’s T20 watches.
People poured messages on Twitter to show their disappointment and call out the blatant gender inequality.
@OfficialSLC as men’s team is out of Asia cup , can we expect live telecast of remaining women’s T20 matches?? We don’t wanna Miss @mandhana_smriti next century..#jemimah‘s big sixes.@BCCIWomen show that you care for your team. #ShowUsWomensCricket
— Damini Patil (@dacrickfreakyme) September 19, 2018
So, tell me Women’s cricket is not entertaining anymore. I will show the recent records. literally, every single match is going down the line.#ShowUsWomensCricket so that we can tell our fans how amazing the girls are playing.!@OfficialSLC and @BCCIWomen @StarSportsIndia
— Krithika (@krithika0808) September 19, 2018
Let’s not just TALK about #genderequality, but ACT and make it happen. @OfficialSLC you can do that by live-streaming #INDWvSLW T20I series.
A humble request from the entire family of @imfemalecricket – #ShowUsWomensCricket pic.twitter.com/8LUQNGksHv
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 19, 2018
It’s time. .@officialslc it’s time for women cricket to have the same platform as men’s. Please please stream the T20I series live. S’il vous plaît!
I tag @ZENIADCUNHA @ghosh_annesha @ImHarmanpreet @SnehalPradhan @sambitbal @shiamak #ShowUsWomensCricket https://t.co/KMDOt50ipF
— Sudatta (@iSudatta) September 19, 2018
It is very sad that we are not able to watch Women’s cricket live. They have been playing excellent cricket and we are missing some terrific performances. I request @OfficialSLC to #ShowUsWomensCricket. @BCCI_Women @BCCIWomen @WomensCricZone
— Satish Krishnaswami (@gksatsa) September 20, 2018
Do you think authorities would ever provide the same platform to women’s cricket team as that of men’s? Would we as a nation, celebrate the game of cricket irrespective of gender? Do let us know in the comments section below.