Started with brother’s cricket kit, played by repairing the same bat for 4 years; India’s biggest hope in the World Cup
Women’s T20 World Cup will start in South Africa from February 10
India lost the final of the T20 World Cup held in Australia 3 years ago.
India has highest hopes from Smriti Mandhana, more than 2600 runs in T20
New Delhi. After the Women’s Under-19 World Cup, the Senior T20 World Cup is going to start in South Africa from February 10. This time also Australia is being considered as a strong contender for the title. But the claim of Team India, which played the final 3 years ago, also cannot be undermined. In these 3 years, the Indian cricket team has improved a lot in its performance. India’s biggest hope in this year’s World Cup is Smriti Mandhana.
Smriti could not show the old shine of her bat in the tri-series played in South Africa just before the Women’s T20 World Cup. But, it was definitely told that if she is in colour, then it is impossible to stop her. She is India’s most experienced player in this T20 World Cup. He has played 112 T20s. In this, he has scored more than 2600 runs with the help of 20 half-centuries. This is the reason why the entire Team India has high expectations from this opener. However, the story of his becoming a cricketer is very interesting.
Brother gave full support in becoming a cricketer
Team India’s journey from Sangli in Maharashtra was interesting for Smriti. Both father and brother used to play cricket. Seeing him, Smriti also held the bat. Mother also gave her full support in this. When nothing was found, the mother made the son’s cricket dress of the daughter’s size and Smriti held the bat in this dress. Her brother Shravan has a big hand in Smriti reaching Team India. Smriti’s brother and father were part of the district level cricket team of Sangli. Whenever these two used to go for practice on the nets, Smriti used to accompany them. Brother Shravan was the first bowler who bowled Smriti for the first time on the nets. This hobby of playing cricket became a passion.
Dravid hit a double century with the bat
Seeing her father batting with her left hand, Smriti also started playing with this hand. At the age of 11, Smriti was first selected in Maharashtra’s Under-19 team. But, got the chance to play after two full years. Smriti got her first success in 2013 when she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls against Gujarat in the Under-19 cricket tournament. His innings has a deep connection with the current head coach of Team India, Rahul Dravid.
Actually, before this match, Smriti’s brother got a chance to meet Rahul Dravid, so he asked Dravid for a bat. Dravid also took out a bat from his kit and gave it to him. Brother also took autograph on this bat for memory. Smriti had scored a double century against Gujarat in the Under-19 match with this bat.
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India’s biggest hope memory
Smriti continued to play with this bat for the next several years and scored a lot of runs. Got this bat repaired four to five times. But did not stop playing with it. He made his debut for India in 2013 itself and since then there was no looking back. In these 10 years, Smriti became the pivot of Indian batting in ODIs and T20s. So far he has scored more than 3 thousand runs in 77 ODIs. Now the chance is for the World Cup and if we look at her performance in the last 12 months, Smriti is India’s biggest hope.
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Tags: Harmanpreet kaur, smriti mandhana, Women’s T20 World Cup, Women’s Cricket
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 04, 2023, 10:54 IST