Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues pen deals with Renegades. While Harmanpreet has previously played in the WBBL for Sydney Thunder, this is Rodrigues' maiden stint in the Australian competition
While Harmanpreet has previously played in the WBBL for Sydney Thunder, this is Rodrigues' maiden stint in the Australian competition
Melbourne Renegades have snapped up India's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and top-order batter Jemimah Rodrigues for the upcoming season of Women's Big Bash League.
The signings make it India's largest contingent yet at a foreign league with six confirmed signings, while Cricbuzz understands at least one more is yet to be officially announced. Earlier in the week, Sydney Thunder snapped up India's T20I vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and allrounder Deepti Sharma, while Sixers announced the signing of allrounder Radha Yadav and opener Shafali Verma – the last three all set for their maiden stint in the league.
While Harmanpreet has previously played in the WBBL for Sydney Thunder, this is Rodrigues' maiden stint in the Australian competition after talks in the previous edition didn't materialise due to the clash of the competition with Women's T20 Challenge in the UAE, on the sidelines of a delayed IPL 2020.
Harmanpreet, though, is currently carrying a thumb injury sustained in the nets prior to the start of the ODI leg of India's ongoing multi-format tour of Australia. While she's been ruled out of the one-off pink-ball Test too, the allrounder had started hitting the nets again
On the other hand, Rodrigues comes into the competition on the back of a spectacular season at the inaugural Hundred, where she was the second-highest run-getter in the edition with a tally of 249 runs in seven innings at a strike rate close to 151 before leaving the competition due to national duty. While she didn't make it back to the XI for the three ODIs and faces stiff competition for a slot in the Test side too, Rodrigues is line for her T20I comeback next month.
“Jemimah is an immensely talented young player, who is already making her mark on the world stage at 21,” said head coach Simon Helmot. “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.
“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.”
With the signature of the Indian duo, the Renegades complete their foreign player roster having already filled in a slot with the uncapped English allrounder Eve Jones. This is Sophie Molineux's first season as captain of the Renegades side.
Squad: Sophie Molineux (C), Makinley Blows, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Ellie Falconer, Holly Ferling, Poppy Gardner, Ella Hayward, Eve Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Carly Leeson, Rhiann O'Donnell, Jemimah Rodrigues, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb