Smriti Mandhana spill beans on the messiest player in Indian women’s cricket team

Just like the men’s squad, the Indian women’s team is currently in England, preparing for their battle against England Women. A few days ago, both the teams were involved in a memorable one-off Test, where a relatively inexperienced Indian side gave a tough competition to hosts and managed to pull off a sensational draw. In…

Smriti Mandhana spill beans on the messiest player in Indian women’s cricket team

Just like the men’s squad, the Indian women’s team is currently in England, preparing for their battle against England Women. A few days ago, both the teams were involved in a memorable one-off Test, where a relatively inexperienced Indian side gave a tough competition to hosts and managed to pull off a sensational draw.

In the first innings, Opener Smriti Mandhana shined with the bat, playing a crucial knock of 78 runs. Smriti, who is one of the most popular women cricketers in the country, was recently involved in a candid interview with ESPNcricinfo answered some interesting questions.

Smriti was asked about a record she would wish to have by the end of her career. The stylish opening batter referred to the WOlrd Cup wins as her reply.

“Winning the most number of World Cups, hopefully,” Mandhana said.

Smriti has spent quite a few time with players and developed a pretty strong bonding. Some of her close friends in the team are known to be Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Harleen Deol. In the chat, she was quizzed to name the messiest teammate.

Responding to the interesting question, Smriti named herself along with Harmanpreet. The Mumbaikar further mentioned that she couldn’t take other players’ names as they will get back at her.

“I’d say me. If I take anyone else’s name, people are going to get back at me. But I think Harman and I have a good competition at this. But both of us have gotten better. We have also spoken about keeping our rooms clean,” added Smriti.

Smriti, along with other Indian players, will soon be seen in action in a three-match ODI series against England, starting June 27. She has so far scored 2172 runs from 56 ODI matches. When it comes to the shortest format, Smriti has 1782 runs in 78 games. The left-handed batter has smashed 4 hundreds and 18 half-centuries in the 50-over format, while in the T20Is, she has slammed 12 fifties.

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England Women announces their squad for the ODI series against India Women; Danielle Wyatt left out

England Women announced their 16-member squad for the upcoming three ODI series against India Women on Wednesday. Recently, the two sides clashed during a one-off Test that ended in a draw. Freya Davies and Sarah Glenn, who had returned to their county teams during the Test series, are back in the roster. The England and…

England Women announces their squad for the ODI series against India Women; Danielle Wyatt left out

England Women announced their 16-member squad for the upcoming three ODI series against India Women on Wednesday.

Recently, the two sides clashed during a one-off Test that ended in a draw.

Freya Davies and Sarah Glenn, who had returned to their county teams during the Test series, are back in the roster.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave a chance to Sophia Dunkley, who could make her ODI debut in the first contest at Bristol on Sunday (June 27), whereas Danielle Wyatt couldn’t get near the selector’s radar.

The next two ODIs will take place in Taunton and Worcester on June 30 and July 3.

The only Test member who has been snubbed from the limited-overs team is Georgia Elwiss, who last represented the Three Lions at a white leather game in 2019.

England Women’s head coach Lisa Keightley expressed that her mentees were looking forward to the ODI battle against India Women.

“We’re looking forward to playing ODI cricket again after a hugely enjoyable and hard-fought Test match,” Keightley stated in an official release.

Talking about the squad selection, the 49-year-old remarked that the incumbent team was the strongest since her appointment as the head coach in 2019.

“The competition for places across all formats is growing every time we meet to select a squad. The options available to us are the strongest we’ve had since I’ve been in the role and we feel this group gives us a great opportunity for success in the ODI element of the series,” she added.

The former Australian player expounded that  Wyatt and Elwiss could use this break from international cricket to perform well in the T20 Blast 2021 and come back strongly.

“There’s no space on this occasion for Danni Wyatt and Georgia Elwiss, and while I know they’re both disappointed to miss out, it’s important that they’re given the opportunity to play cricket at a regional level ahead of the Vitality IT20 series. We have to balance the needs of the squad and the need of the individual and we’ll always be keen to get people playing competitive cricket where we can,” Keightley concluded.

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