Hailing from a small town in Maharashtra, Sangli, to be playing in front of a humongous crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the story of India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana is both inspirational as well as fascinating.
Transcending gender barriers, fighting against all the odds, Mandhana depicts the true spirit of an Indian woman. And what is more befitting than playing the finals of a major ICC tournament on Women’s day.
As India gears up for the main event of World T20 Cricket, Cricbuzz’s Spicy Pitch dedicated the latest episode of their web series to one of the Indian Sheroes, featuring Mandhana.
In the episode, the popularly acclaimed ‘Goddess of the off-side’ spills the beans regarding her journey from being a fidgety, forgetful individual to a responsible Indian opening batter.
“Batting is something that can get me out of any mind space. For me, cricket has taught me everything I know about life itself.” Mandhana stated during her up-close interaction.
The emotional webisode also included her parent’s involvement in Smriti’s journey as one of the best cricketer ever produced by the country.
Her father, as well as her brother carry the same broken dream of being a successful Indian cricketer. While, she went on to represent the country at the highest level.
“I missed out on a chance to play cricket for India, but I always thought that my child would fulfil my dream. I was heartbroken when my son couldn’t make it. But little did I realize that my daughter would fulfil my dream instead. Today, she has given us everything — from this beautiful house to that feeling of intense pride,” Mandhane’s father sentimentally quoted.