You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgIndia’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana made her debut on Chahal TV, the popular chat series for BCCI by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday.Smriti Mandhana, the world No. 1 batter in ODIs, joked she was inspired after watching Chahal bat during the fourth ODI of the recently-concluded five-match series in New Zealand. Tail-ender Chahal top scored for India with 18 in their 8-wicket defeat during which they were bowled out for 92 – their lowest-ever total in New Zealand.”Yes, yes. I was inspired a lot after seeing you bat in the 4th ODI (vs New Zealand in Hamilton). I felt like I have to develop my game. You’re one my inspirations when it comes to batting,” Smriti Mandhana said when Chahal had asked her if she had learnt anything watching him bat in New Zealand.World No 1 batter makes her debut on Chahal [email protected]_smriti has been taking her batting inspiration from this leg spinner . Find out who it is in this fun segment of @yuzi_chahal TV – by @RajalAroraFull video #ChahalTV (@BCCI) February 7, 2019Mandhana has been in cracking form in India women cricket team’s ongoing tour of New Zealand. The left-handed opener had scored 195 runs, including a century, and helped India to a 2-1 win in the ODI series.Mandhana rose to the top spot of the ODI women’s batter rankings after the series win over New Zealand. The elegant opener has carried her form into the ongoing T20I series against the White Ferns.advertisementMandhana scored the fastest T20I half-century by an Indian woman when she got to the half-century mark in the first T20I against New Zealand women in just 24 balls on Wednesday. Nonetheless, Mandhana’s quickfire knock wasn’t enough to help India gun down a 160-run target.Feels nice to have won the ICC Award: Smriti MandhanaTalking about the ICC Player of the Year award which she had won recently, Mandhana said: “I am very happy to have won the ICC Player of the Year award. When Jhulu di (Jhulan Goswami) had won it, I was a kid. I read it in newspapers. It feels nice.”Smriti Mandhana also spoke about sharing jersey number 18 with India captain Virat Kohli.”I wanted number 7 on the back of my jersey. My roll number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas sir, our team manager, then suggested me to take 18 (Virat Kohli’s jersey number). I knew it only a couple of years ago that Virat also has been playing with 18 on the back of his jersey.”Earlier in the day, Smriti Mandhana had spoken about the repeated failures of India’s middle order in tight chases and insisted that she needs to take more responsibility in such situations.”Practically, I would say I have to bat till 20 overs, that is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won’t collapse because if the top three or 4 batters can bat till the 18-20th overs then rest can revolve around them, so tactically that is what I will try to do,” Mandhana had said.Also Read | I have to bat till 20 overs to avoid another collapse: Smriti MandhanaAlso See:last_img read more