Opening batter Smriti Mandhana is presently one of the most reliable player in the Indian lineup. She treads an attacking approach while batting and hardly allows the bowlers to settle down. She has flourished in both forms of limited-overs cricket- ODI and T20Is.
Smriti Mandhana is the only Indian women cricketer with ODI centuries in Australia, England, and South Africa.
She was a part of the Brisbane Heat squad in the 2016 Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) played in Australia .
This year, Mandhana is grabbing the headlines for her superb performances in the ongoing Kia Women’s Cricket Super League (KSL) being played in England.
After scores of 48, 37, 52*, 43* and 102, Mandhana, hit 56 off 36 deliveries to help her side Western Storm beat Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets at Scarborough on Sunday.
Recently, she also featured in an interview for Cricbuzz where she talked about the people who inspired her to take up the sport.
“Everyone inspires me to be my better self. I can’t give you any names, but initially, Kumar Sangakkara and Matthew Hayden did inspire me to take up batting. So I think, both are among my inspirers,” Mandhana mentioned.
The Maharashra-born cricketer wants the Indian men’s team captain Virat Kohli to play cricket forever. “Right now how Kohli is going, he should never retire for India because he is scoring a huge amount of runs and he should keep on playing, score runs and win matches for his team,” the left-handed batswoman added.
Meanwhile, she finds the Australian fast-bowler Mitchell Starc as menacing owing to his lethal pace and venom. She named him as the bowler she doesn’t want to face. “Mitchell Starc. Hopefully, we don’t have to play against the men. He bowls at 150 kmph and lethal yorkers,” she mentioned while hailing the Aussie speedster.