Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues signed by Melbourne Renegades for WBBL 2021-22

Harmanpreet Kaur | Getty

India Women’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur along with her teammate Jemimah Rodrigues have been signed by the Melbourne Renegades for the Women’s Big Bash League season (WBBL 7) on Wednesday.

The right-handed Harmanpreet Kaur along with Rodrigues is currently in Australia as the Indian team currently touring down under for a multi-format tour.

The swashbuckling batter Kaur in a video posted on Twitter talked about returning to WBBL after a previous stint with the Sydney Thunder by saying, “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 Renegade. 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. Whenever I’ve played WBBL, I’ve seen many fans around and their excitement. Even lots of Indian fans are coming and watching, it’s a great experience for me. I’m glad that I’m part of this great tournament,” she added.

Jemimah Rodrigues was also signed by the Renegades on the back of her fantastic campaign in the inaugural edition of The Hundred where Rodrigues was the second-leading run-scorer with 249 runs at a strike rate above 150.

Jemimah Rodrigues | Sky Sports

I’m very excited to be here now and to be part of the Renegades. I think 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 right-hander said.

The goal is whatever happens, I want to give it my 100 percent each and every time I’m on the field. and hopefully (we can win) the cup for the Renegades! I’m super excited, I’m really looking forward to it and there’s so much that I’m going to learn, I’m sure about that,” the 21-year-old Jemimah added.

Even the WBBL head coach, Simon Helmot reckoned that the Mumbai-based Rodrigues will have a big impact on the Renegades.

Jemimah is an immensely talented young player, who is already making her mark on the world stage at 21. She was superb recently in The Hundred over in the UK. Jemimah is a dynamic player who can score quickly and to all parts of the ground,” said Helmot.