The lockdown of the entire nation has restricted movement of many a people, let alone cricketers, but Jemimah Rodrigues is utilising this break by sticking to her training. Rodrigues, who recently returned home having played the Women’s T20 World Cup is able to find time for some batting drills at home with the help of her father Ivan Rodrigues to ensure she’s doesn’t miss a beat when international cricket resumed. Also Read - The Hundred: Shafali Verma, Teen Sensation, Becomes Fifth Indian Player to Get NOC, Joins Birmingham Phoenix
“I have scheduled practice time – I do drills and knocking at home with dad. I do some batting drills and knocking at around 4.30pm. At 6.30pm, I do workouts given to us by the trainers. That’s how I manage my time, and keep myself busy,” Jemimah told Sportstar. Also Read - Women's IPL 2020 FINAL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS, TRA vs SUP Women's T20 Challenge 2020 Score And Online Updates: Smriti, Salma Star as Trailblazers Beat Supernovas by 16 Runs to Win Title
“I have been given a fitness programme by the trainer of the Indian team (Naresh sir). I am just following what he has told us. I make sure that I am doing my workouts because when you are at home, you just tend to laze around. The best part is that my brothers and mom are also joining me for the workouts. It’s fun doing it together.” Also Read - Smriti Mandhana-Jemimah Rodrigues Jamming Together During Coronavirus Lockdown | WATCH VIDEO
Had it not been for the COVID-19 outbreak, Rodrigues would have been playing for India B at the 2020 Challenger’s Trophy alongside Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patel and Shikha Pandey. But with no cricket taking place, and no certainty over when things will get back to being normal, the teenage batter admits there isn’t much to look forward to than spending time with family.
“It’s very difficult for us. You are used to touring, where you practice and play matches. But one needs to look at the positives. I am getting more time to spend with my family and making use of it. I hardly stay at home, because of our schedule. I am spending most of the time with my brothers, parents and cousins,” Rodrigues added.