Smriti Mandhana desires to emulate Australian and English brand of cricket
The current T20I tournament between the women’s team of England, Australia and India are largely forgettable for the hosts until now.
The Blue brigade failed to open their account in the points table after losing their first three matches in the Tri-nation series. Opener Smriti Mandhana’s form in the only silver lining for the Indians in the tournament.
However, Mandhana has been accused of giving away her wicket after a start. That said, the flamboyant opener desires to convert her half-centuries into substantial scores.
“I am disappointed about getting out in the 50s especially in the one-dayers. I have gone past the half-century mark in about 15-20 overs. Hence, I clearly had a chance to go for big scores,” conceded Smirti Mandhana while talking to TOI.
Mandhana could trace the latest trend in her game only since the beginning of the women’s ODI series against Australia at Vadodara.
“This would not happen to me earlier in my career. But it’s happening since the Australia ODIs. So I need to figure out and make amends. I guess it has to do with a lapse in concentration,” Mandhana said.
We need to put up anything above 175 in T20s: Mandhana
In her last five outings, Mandhana crossed the 50 run mark on four occasions. Her 76 against England recently at Brabourne, came off just 40 balls, glazed with 12 boundaries and couple of maximums.
“I need to understand when to cut down on shot-making. When to accelerate. Also, I can’t maintain the same flow throughout the innings. There are times when I need to focus on taking singles rather than looking for only boundaries,” introspected the Mumbai batter.
In conclusion, the southpaw claimed that Women’s cricket has evolved towards more aggression and the team wishes to emulate the England and Australia regarding their style of play.
“The women’s game has become very aggressive now. Therefore, we realise that we need to put up anything above 175 in T20s in order to help our bowlers fight it out. We want to play the brand of cricket that Australia and England play,” concluded Smriti Mandhana.
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