The Indian women cricket team may have lost the T20i series against New Zealand by 3-0 but Smriti Mandhana has made sure that the series will be remembered more for her rather than anything else. She played a blistering knock in the third and final T20 match as she took only 62 balls to score 86 runs, surpassing her top score of 83 runs which she scored against Australia in 2018.
It was quite unfortunate that she was not able to score a 100 in this match but Indian fans went so crazy that they have started demanding her inclusion in the men’s team for the World Cup. India lost the match by 2 runs as Mithali Raj was able to score a single only while a boundary was needed on the last ball.
In the opening T20 match also, Smriti was in great form as she scored the fastest half century as far as Indian women cricketers are concerned. She took only 24 balls to score a fifty while in the second T20, she contributed 36 runs with bat. Mandhana is the top scorer of the series with 195 runs in the three T20i and if she keeps on playing like this, she is definitely going to win the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2019 also, just like she has won for 2018.
The Indian Twitter users were left awestruck with Smriti’s talent and while some want to her to play for men’s team, several others wish that she should be declared the player of the series.
Here are some selected reactions:
— YKatappaSoKool (@Bu_ntee) February 10, 2019
Can we pick Smriti Mandhana for the men’s team for the WC, please
— Ajay Kamath (@ajay43) February 10, 2019
— 🇮🇳 Soumya Sarkar 🇮🇳 (@SarkarSpeaking) February 10, 2019
Is Smriti Mandhana the most graceful batter in cricket today? Such timing, such class, so easy on the eye, strokeplay reminiscent of Sourav Ganguly!
— Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (@wildcardgyan) February 10, 2019
Smriti Mandhana must be feeling like Tendulkar in the 90s. #NZWvINDW
— RD (@long__leg) February 10, 2019
Smriti Mandhana is a copy Chris Gayle in Women’s Cricket #IndwVsNzw#Cricbuzz
— likith_Nag (@LikithNag) February 10, 2019
Smriti mandhana is an angel sent by god as a gift to India, what a player!! 😍😍 #IndVsNZ
— Jaydeep Rathva (@Jaydeep_79) February 10, 2019
New Zealand clean sweeps the T20I Series. Very unfortunate to lose a match by 2 runs when Smriti Mandhana had almost won it by scoring 86 off 62 balls. This is her highest score in T20. Wish we had a reliable opener like her in our Men's team. #NZWvINDW #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/6LMkoZNTqM
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) February 10, 2019
The govt should rope in Smriti Mandhana and launch a campaign
Beti Bachao. Beti Khelao!#NZWvINDW
— abhishek chaudhary (@abhi1592) February 10, 2019
Dear Smriti Mandhana,
Can you please stop making batting look so easy, it's embarrassing for most other batters in the world.
— Manya (@CSKian716) February 10, 2019
The most beautiful thing in cricket at this time in any level is the batting of @mandhana_smriti. ❤️❤️
What what what a player she is. #NZWvINDW
— Parth Narodiya (@imPnarodiya) February 10, 2019
Sunday could not get any better💪😍🔥#SmritiMandhana is such a joy to watch. Always calm and composed, times the ball so well. Flicks it right in the gap with such power and precision.
Classic knock..🙌#BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/6YRnBlgGVB
— Suravy (@blaugrana_su) February 10, 2019
We wish all the best to Smriti and hope that she will keep on scoring in the same manner in the upcoming series also.