Smriti Mandhana is the lynchpin for India women’s cricket team. For her attacking batting and scoring ability, she is also called Virat Kohli of women’s cricket by her fans. In the recent interaction, Mandhana herself accepted that she wants to play the role as Kohli does for his team.
The current Indian captain Virat Kohli is unbeatable when it comes to chasing. On several occasions, he has got under the skin of opposition and led the team across the line. He is also the most consistent player across all the formats. The aggressive player is currently the only player who averages above 50 across all the formats.
While talking to the Indian express, Smriti Mandhana opens up that she also wants to win matches for India as Virat Kohli does. She added that the consistency that the Indian men’s team skipper has managed to achieve is ‘unrealistic’ and inspirational. However, she wishes to be not compared with anyone.
“I am happy being Smriti Mandhana of women’s team but the kind of batting he does and the way he wins matches for India, It’s very inspirational. I would try and take the way he finishes the games. I would love doing that for India. It’s unrealistic to have the kind of consistency he has.”
More than my dream it was my family’s dream: Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana, on several occasions, has credited her brother Shravan for drawing her attention towards cricket. She revealed that playing for India was her family’s dream more than that of herself.
“I used to copy him (Shravan Mandhana) and bat with him. That’s how it all began. I chose cricket as my career when I was 15 or 16 when I scored a century for Maharashtra. More than my dream it was my family’s dream that I play for India and they always supported me.”
The Maharashtrian has represented India in 51 ODIs and 75 T20Is, scoring 2025 and 1716 runs respectively.