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Only Virender Sehwag could have praised Smriti Mandhana in this way

Former India opener Virender Sehwag praised Smriti Mandhana, who has been on a roll in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2017 16:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India’s Smriti Mandhana celebrates after scoring a century against the West Indies in the ICC Women's World Cup in Taunton on Thursday.(PTI)

Virender Sehwag has a way with words, especially on social media. This time the former India cricketer praised 20-year-old Smriti Mandhana for her fantastic performances in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales.

India have won both their matches in the eight-team event so far, thanks to Smriti, who was named Player of the Match in both the games.

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A cricket fan, with the handle named SPYder, tagged Sehwag in a tweet and said that Smriti is the female version of the explosive right-handed opener.

In reply, Sehwag retweeted saying: “She is the first version of Smriti and is really special. Every Indian who loves sports will be proud of her. Wish her and the team the best.”

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Former Australia woman cricketer Mel Jones really liked what Sehwag said and tweeted: “One of the quotes of the #WWC17, beautifully said @virendersehwag!”

India successfully opened their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign against hosts England, beating them by 35 runs. They followed it up with a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies.

Smriti has been in top form, scoring 90 off 72 balls against England and 106 not out in 108 balls against the West Indies.

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India will next take on arch-rivals Pakistan at County Ground in Derby on Sunday.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 16:50 IST