The Indian women’s team did not have a winning start against New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-game series in Wellington, but it was a game to remember for starter Smriti Mandhana who improved his own record of scoring the fastest fifty for India in the shortest format, reaching the mark of 50 races in only 24 balls (the previous best was 25). After the game, Smriti spoke about her No. 18 jersey, also dressed by male team captain Virat Kohli, as the woman from the battles revealed that it was not her first choice.
Mandhana made her Chahal TV debut on Wednesday after becoming the No. 1 ODI batter in women’s cricket. Yuzvendra, who was one of the most impressive players in India’s 4-1 triumph in the 5-game ODI series against the Kiwis, spoke with Smriti about several aspects, including the latter’s jersey number.
The fighter who scored 195 runs in the ODI series of 3 games against the New Zealand women’s team, revealed that her first option was number 7, a number that MS Dhoni used in the Indian team, but as it was not available, He accepted No 18 after being advised by the team leader.
“I wanted the number 7 on the back of my shirt, my number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas, our team manager, then suggested that I take 18 (Virat shirt number Kohli) I knew it, only a couple of years ago, Virat has also been playing with 18 on the back of his shirt, “revealed the 22-year-old.
Smriti and Chahal also joked in the middle as the roulette asked the initial batter if she was inspired to see him hit the 4th ODI against the Kiwis, a game in which he ended up being India’s best race receiver with 18 runs.
While playing, Mandhana said: “Yes, yes, I was very inspired after seeing you batting in the 4th ODI (against New Zealand in Hamilton) I felt that I had to develop my game, you are one of my inspirations when it comes to batting”.
After winning the ODI series against the New Zealand women’s team 2-1, the Indian team is losing 1-0 after losing the first T20I of the 3-game series. The two teams are approaching Friday at Eden Park in Auckland.