India’s southpaw opener Smriti Mandhana has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match One Day International series against South Africa. Mandhana is out of the series as she has a fractured toe. The left-hander suffered the injury during the practice session which has ruled her out.
Meanwhile, the ODI series will begin on October 9 at Vadodara. In fact, the Indian Women team is all set to tour West Indies after the completion of the home ODI series against South Africa. However, the seriousness of Mandhana’s injury is yet to be known. Thus, it would be interesting to note whether she would be available for the Caribbean tour or not.
Allrounder Pooja Vastrakar has been named her replacement against South Africa series. She has played 6 ODIs and 14 T20Is for India Women. The right-handed batswoman has struck a half-century in ODI. She has not much experience as Mandhana.
India Women’s will miss Smriti Mandhana
Mandhana has played 50 ODIs for the team and scored 1951 runs with an average of 42.41 and at the strike rate of 83.51. She has also played 62 T20Is and scored 1344 runs at a strike rate of 116.86. Mandhana is the no.1-ranked ODI batsman and her absence will be a loss to the Indian women’s team.
From last year, she is running in great form. The vice-captain of the women’s T20I team was named Women’s ODI Player of the Year in the ICC awards in 2018. Mandhana has struck four centuries and 16 half-centuries in ODI career.
Meantime, India has registered the victory in the T20I series against South Africa in the home ground. India was scheduled with 5 T20Is against South Africa but two matches were halted by rain so one more match was included. The total of six matches were played, in which India won three matches and two matches were washed out.
South Africa Women’s team had a bad T20I series as they won only one T20I out of six. The team would like to recover in ODI series.