Star Indian batter Jemimah Rodrigues said on Thursday that the players are still suffering from their painful semi-final loss to Australia in the Women’s T20 World Cup, but the Women’s Premier League (WPL) would help them to overcome.
With a 69-run fourth-wicket stand between Jemimah and India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the team was in prime position to pursue victory, but the end of their partnership resulted in a five-run loss to Meg Lanning’s Australia.
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“Honestly, it has taken a while. After the semifinals, we spent two days in South Africa (loss). Everyone was not in a good frame of mind. However, coming here (for WPL) and spending two days with the family (has lessened the pain),” Jemimah remarked at a Delhi Capitals event in Mumbai.
“Clearly, the loss continues to haunt us, but the WPL is also a blessing in disguise since we enter this competition right away, which will help us get our minds off the bad thoughts and those things that continue to plague us. That is how we can change our focus, so (we will) keep working harder,” she added.
According to Jemimah, the WPL will aid India in discovering players who will have an impact in the future.
For a very long time, we have been pushing the doors open; now, we are almost there. Yet I have no doubt that the WPL will significantly alter women’s cricket. It will produce a lot of leaders, or as I would put it, a lot of match winners, superstars,” she remarked.