Indian young gunman Jemimah Rodrigues has borrowed one of the Australian side’s favorite phrases and put it back to the world champions, insisting that the visitors intend to play “fearless cricket” as they appear to be snatching this series in multiple formats.
While game one of the T20I leg was washed out on the Gold Coast Thursday night, there was plenty of time for Rodrigues to put on a sparkling show where the right-hander cut 49 nos out of 36 balls and showcased his excellent off-side play to push India to 4-131 after 15.2 overs before the rain narrowed the procedure.
After the match, Rodrigues promised that there will be “lots of races coming quietly” from her flashing bats, as the T20 World Cup runners in 2020 appear to be turning the tables on Meg Landing’s side.
“We are very confident, especially (after) the last two ODIs were so close and the test match where we fought so well back – it obviously gives a lot of momentum, and when we talked even in the locker room, we had to continue that momentum, “she said.
“And we have a very young side, there is a lot of energy in this side and everyone’s fearless, so we just want to play a fearless brand of cricket.
“I could see (it) today and it was really good to be back with this side and watch some extraordinary cricket.”
Australia’s fast Tayla Vlaeminck, who claimed 0-32 from four overs in her first competitive match in six months, admitted India’s flat aggression that forced the hosts at times to recalculate their plans from behind.
“There is a lot we can learn (from India’s innings),” Vlaeminck said. “I think it’s just trying to get your head around different plans when batsmen do different things.
“We probably haven’t adjusted fast enough. I think there were times when we could have gone to plan B and C a little faster.
“It’s a really good challenge for our group. It’s obviously a very tight series … they are a very good cricket side and we’ve seen how much they’ve improved themselves in the last 12 months since the World Cup .
“They have some very aggressive batsmen who can take the game from you … We’ll look at that over the next few days and hopefully come out with some better plans.”
Rodrigues, meanwhile, admitted it was frustrating to have been left out of the Indian side for the series’ ODI and test legs, but said the recent Hundreds tournament in the UK, where she was the second leading race scorer, had given her considerable confidence.
“Today I was just happy to be back there after such a long time,” the 21-year-old said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this … sometimes on the inside you feel a little: ‘When is my time coming?’
“Today that chance came and I just enjoyed it and I’m not particularly disappointed that the fifties did not happen because I know there are still plenty of races.
“Honestly, any player would be frustrated at not being selected in the ODIs, especially when I knew I was hitting well and I was in good shape, but … it’s just important that the team finds the right balance .
“Playing the Hundreds gave me a lot of confidence … therefore it is very important for us to have more matches like The Hundred and hopefully an IPL for women, so (with) the experience over there you can come here and play international cricket even better , and take women’s cricket to the next level. “
CommBank Series v India
Australia leads India 7-5 on points
Australian squad: Meg Lanning (c), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck , Georgia Wareham
If T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghhat (wy) , Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh.
First ODI: Australia won by nine wickets
Second ODI: Australia won by five wickets
Third ODI: India won by two wickets
One-time test: Match drawn
Oct 7: No result
October 9: Second T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
October 10: Third T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
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