Talented India batter Jemimah Rodrigues is all set to return to Northern Superchargers for The Hundred 2023 after being signed on as a late replacement for injured Australian Heather Graham. Rodrigues was Superchargers’ leading run-scorer in the inaugural season, in 2021, smashing 249 runs in seven innings, including a scintillating 92* off just 43 deliveries.
This will be her third successive season with the franchise, although she was forced to withdraw midway through the 2022 season with a wrist injury as well.
“I’m so excited to be back in The Hundred,” Jemimah Rodrigues was quoted as saying in the franchise’s press release. “It’s a world-class competition and I’ve had so much taking part in it previously. I was very disappointed to have to withdraw last year through injury so it’s great to be back. Headingley is a brilliant ground to play at, with great fans, and I can’t wait to be back out there.”
Here is what Jemimah Rodrigues said:
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Though she was not retained ahead of the March draft, Jemimah Rodrigues was added as a late entry which makes her the fourth Indian in this year’s competition after her national team captain Harmanpreet Kaur (Trent Rockets), vice-captain Smriti Mandhana (Southern Brave – retained) and wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh (London Spirit).
On the other hand, veteran Australian duo Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have pulled out from this season after they sustained injuries in the second ODI of the ongoing series in Ireland after the Ashes, which Australia retained as well.
Healy, the stand-in skipper on both tours, played with multiple injuries with the left index finger fracture being the latest that saw her taking this step. She was due to return for the Superchargers, but she will now be heading home for rehab immediately. Tahlia McGrath, Healy’s deputy, is leading Australia in the ongoing third ODI on Friday (July 28), which is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 as well.
Ellyse Perry, on the other hand, was about to be reunited with her RCB teammate Sophie Devine at Birmingham Phoenix but she has been forced to withdraw after the left-knee injury flare-up that didn’t let her play in the second innings of the first ODI against Ireland as well.