It is fair to say that Smriti Mandhana, the left-handed southpaw, has certainly been one of the best women cricketers India has ever produced. Let’s not forget, among various other records Mandhana owns, she has also hit the joint fastest ever 50 by any woman in T20 cricket. That certainly speaks volumes of her abilities. She played for the Maharashtra Under-15 team when she was just 9, and when she was 11, she was already applying her trade for the Maharashtra Under-19 Team. Subsequently, in no time, Smriti Mandhana was a household name.
Who Is Smriti Mandhana’s Favourite Cricketer?
How did it all start though? Who inspired Mandhana to play cricket? Well, both her father and brother played the sport at the district level so she was basically born with cricket all around her, but there was one man, who she never missed even a glimpse of on national television- Kumara Sangakkara.
According to her Coach, Anant Tambvekar, Smriti would always try and copy the wicket-keeper batsman from Sri Lanka in the nets. Not only that, apparently, she used to copy him to an extent, that at times, even Tambvekar would get a little frustrated. He felt that she stopped focusing on her own USP, in order to copy the Sri Lankan great.
Her Coach was however glad about the fact that in spite of Mandhana going places, she still hasn’t forgotten him. He added that Smriti still calls him to discuss her game, even after scoring a century, and asks him on tips to further improve her game. On another note, she doesn’t hold back off the field either and truly believes that more girls in India will start playing cricket soon with an ambition to be the next Mithali Raj and not the next Sachin Tendulkar. Of course, she meant no disrespect to the Little Master, nobody ever has and we shall leave it on that note. Make it a beautiful day Ladies and Gentlemen.