Captain of Indian women’s T20 team, Harmanpreet Kaur and batter Jemimah Rodrigues are going to play for Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League, the announcement was made on Wednesday.
Kaur had earlier played for the Sydney Thunder but this new season beginning on October 14 will the first one for Jemimah Rodrigues.
Radha Yadav and Shafali Verma have been signed for Sydney Sixers. Harmanpreet Kaur in her statement said, “It means a lot (to be back). The WBBL has given me a lot of experience and a great platform where I can perform and execute.”
“Coming back with a new team, the Renegades. I hope this season will be really great for us. It’s my first season with them and I definitely want to make an impact,” she added.
Rodrigues said, “For me, the main goal over here will be just to pull back and play cricket, play some good cricket and enjoy what I’m doing. I know when I do that and when I’m in that headspace, I’m able to give it my best.” The 21-year-old batter was part of the team when they played ODI series against Australia and lost by 1-2. She had played in the recent Hundred series where she scored 249 runs in seven innings against Northern Superchargers.
She added, “The goal is whatever happens, I want to give it my 100 per cent each and every time I’m on the field, and hopefully (we can win) the cup for the Renegades.”
Harmanpreet Kaur is reportedly nursing a thumb injury at the moment. This is why she was forced to miss ODI series against Australia. Her coach, Simon Helmot said, “Harmanpreet’s record at international level over the past decade speaks for itself.”
“She’s a match-winner and can take the game away from the opposition in a heartbeat. We also see Harmanpreet being an important addition for our group with her experience and leadership.” He also said, “Jemimah is an immensely talented young player, who is already making her mark on the world stage at 21.”