The Indian batswoman Smriti Mandhana after injuring herself on her own bowling against Melbourne Renegades on January 15 said she is hopeful to recover in time for ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup which is scheduled in June-July this year.
Mandhana had joined Women’s Big Bash Premier League franchise Brisbane Heat this year.
“I hope I can recover in time for the World Cup, that’s what I am focussing on now. It depends on (each) player and their body but I am very determined to come back as soon as possible. I have to ensure my rehab goes all on time. Hopefully, if everything goes well, I should be fit just before the World Cup,” Mandhana was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Earlier, the 20-year-old Mandhana’s MRI scans revealed that her left knee had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which eventually put an end to her maiden BBL tournament in midway.
“It is obviously very disappointing to miss out due to an injury like this, but it (injury) was not in my hands, after all,” Mandhana said.
In what could be termed as a huge setback for the Mumbai-born player, Mandhana has also been ruled out of upcoming 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled from February 7 to 21 in Sri Lanka next month.
“I’m more disappointed that I will be missing the qualifiers than the BBL stint coming to end (prematurely). Winning qualifiers is very important for our side to reach World Cup. I wish the team luck. I hope they play very well and make it,” Mandhana added.
With her off-spin bowling, Mandhana picked three wickets in his short WBBL stint for Heat.
In 12 matches for Australian domestic Twenty20 league, Mandhana scored 89 runs for Heat in which 40 was her best score which came against Hobart Hurricanes.
Mandhana is yet to underwent a surgery if happened anytime soon before World Cup which might take her 5-6 months to take the field again for the national side.