The player of Jemimah Rodrigues, the women’s cricket team of India, believes that it is time for the IPL to be introduced for women as there is no shortage of talent at local level. She believes there is a difference between the local and international teams, and the gap needs to be resolved soon.
Rodrigues, who plays for Northern Superchargers Women, set the stage on fire in ECB’s first edition of ‘The hundred‘. The tournament has been a success so far, both on the men’s and women’s front, so this is the ideal time to start an IPL tournament for women, according to Rodrigues.
“Once they realize that ‘Okay, this is the standard, this is what I need to do’, they will want to work harder and work better. This is very important in India as there is a huge gap between local and international parties in India.”
“In every street in India you see boys and girls playing cricket – there is no shortage of future players! I think it’s high time we got an IPL,“Count Rodrigues.
“It’s going to make women’s cricket better” – Jemimah Rodrigues at IPL for women
The current Indian team has many bubbly young people. The 17-year-old batsman, Shafali Verma, is already hitting hits internationally, another 17-year-old, Richa Ghosh, is a bright prospect. Jemimah Rodrigues herself is only 20 years old and she is already rubbing shoulders with the best of the best in the hundred.
This exposure at a young age can only be beneficial and will help the young aspiring women in the country to take cricket as a profession. There is a lot to learn from the international stars, so an IPL would be the perfect platform for them, according to Rodrigues.
“If we see the WBBL happen, then the KSL and now the hundred – we are all like, when will we have our own IPL? It’s going to make women’s cricket better.”
“Imagine, the domestic girls here in England, the kind of experience they experience, shielding locker rooms with international players. There is so much to learn,She added.
Unfortunately for Jemimah Rodrigues, her team, Northern Superchargers, failed to make it to the finals of the century, despite being the highest scorer of the tournament. She will be seen next time in India’s women’s tour to Australia in September.