Smriti Mandhana talks about her cricketing journey which started from gully cricket

Mandhana is an integral part of Indian women's cricket team.

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Smriti Mandhana has achieved a lot in a very short time because of her hard work.

Mandhana's diligence has helped her work on her weak areas and we got a glimpse of it in the Kia Super League. The 22-year-old left-handed batswoman ended the T20 tournament as the highest scorer, having blazed 421 runs in 10 matches at an average of 60.14.

The journey to where she is standing now wasn't easy for Mandhana. She narrated her story while appearing in Aaj Tak's Mumbai Manthan 2018.

Like any other Indian cricketer, Smriti's journey ride to international cricket started from gully cricket. "I was five or six.. my dad was scared I would be hit. I look back at those days now and realize I learned a lot by looking at my brother who was also a left-handed batsman," she said.

Mandhana has experience of 47 T20Is and 44 ODIs. She also spoke about the time when she was youngest in the side. Now Jemimah Rodrigues, 18, is the youngest.

"I was called a young kid, I was bullied in the team but there's someone younger than me who is teased in the team. But fresh blood always brings in a lot of positivity," Mandhana said who made her international debut in 2013.

The Indian women's team stalwart also revealed she is a gamer and loves PlayStation and also watches movies.

The Mumbai cricketer also opened up on the possibility of IPL for women. "Whenever we go out to play T20 leagues in Australia and England, everyone asks us when we can see an IPL for women. If we perform well in the World T20, maybe there will be an IPL for women but our focus is on winning the World T20. We are not thinking too far ahead," she said.


By Sihyeu Singh - 23 Oct, 2018

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