MUMBAI: In the form of a heartfelt note, India star star Jemimah Rodrigues has thanked the previous generation of female cricketers who laid the foundation for the team as it has become today.
Jemimah wrote the note after the unveiling of the team’s white jersey for India’s upcoming tour in England, where Mithali Raj and Co play a test match after seven years.
The jerseys were handed out to the team in Mumbai, where the players are currently in quarantine.
The 20-year-old Jemimah said during the event head coach Ramesh Powar showed the team the legacy of the Indian woman’s cricket team.
“So today (coach) Ramesh (Powar) sir called us to a team meeting and showed us the story of women’s cricket in India – from where it first began to where it reached today. The one who was before us who made it possible for us to be a part of what we are today, ”Jemimah said in an Instagram post.
“The one who did it without the recognition they deserved, the one who brought women’s cricket to India.”
The jovial player also said veteran cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj shared their experiences of being part of the team for a long time.
“Then the two legends of Indian women’s cricket Mithu di and Jhulu di came up and shared with the whole team what cricket has meant to them and what it is like to be a part of this heritage.”
Jemimah hoped they are able to leave the team in a better place for the future generation of players.
“The meeting ended with this beautiful quote.
Our greatest responsibility is to honor those who have been before us and those who come after ‘leaving JERSEY in a better place’.
“This series (tour in England) and the series going forward, we play for a far bigger cause than what we realize, we play for every single girl who wants to play this sport,” she concluded.
After the one-off test, India and England will lock horns in three ODIs, starting June 27 with the matches to be played in Bristol, Taunton and Worcester.
India and England will then finish in three T20Is starting on July 9 in Northampton, Hove and Chelmsford.