Jemimah Rodrigues, an Indian batter, has been signed by Melbourne Stars for the Women’s Big Bash League’s ninth season, the team announced on Tuesday (WBBL). (Also in Cricket)
The 22-year-old played for Melbourne Renegades, a crosstown rival of the Stars, and scored 333 runs with a strike rate of over 116.
In a statement, Jemimah stated, “I am incredibly delighted to be a member of the Stars family.
“It is an honour for me to join with the Stars as they claim I am the first Indian player to do so.
She continued, “Melbourne has always been my favourite Australian city, and I can’t wait to go back there.”
The batter, who was born in Mumbai, is the third player to sign a contract for the WBBL 8 along with Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur (Melbourne Renegades) and Pooja Vastrakar. She is also the first Indian women cricketer to play for the Stars (Brisbane Heat).
Jemimah competed for India on the team that won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.
Jemimah made her India debut in 2018 when she was 17 years old. Since then, she has played for India in 58 T20 Internationals and 21 ODIs.