Smriti Mandhana names this left-handed batsman as her cricket ‘idol’
Smriti Mandhana is busy playing in the Kia Super League T20 tournament in England, where she has already shattered records. She has scored a record 387 runs in eight matches, with a century and two half-centuries.cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2018 21:18 IST
Indian women’s cricket team star Smriti Mandhana said that meeting her idol - Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara -has been a ‘confidence booster’ as she gears up for the ICC Women’s World T20 in November.
Smriti is busy playing in the Kia Super League T20 tournament in England, where she has already shattered records. She has scored a record 387 runs in eight matches, with a century and two half-centuries.
Smriti has always admired former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara, with whom she recently had a chance to meet in England.
“I have been a huge fan of Sangakkara Sir, since I started watching cricket on the TV,” Smriti told bcci.tv in an interview.
“Whenever I do not feel good about my batting I go back and watch his clips. He was commentating on our game (in the Super League) and I asked him ‘do you feel anything wrong in my batting which I can improve on’?” she revealed.
Smriti said Sangakkara was all praise for her batting, which will work a great deal for her going into the World T20 in West Indies.
“He was like… ‘you are in a very good touch and if you are thinking too much about it then you will definitely not bat the way you are (batting right now). Just go out there, the way you are batting I do not think there is anything there’,” Smriti added.
“So that was something really good to know from a legend like Sangakkara Sir, that he likes my batting, drives and all that stuff. That was a really good confidence booster for me and meeting your idol is always good,” she continued.
The 22-year-old also said that the experience of playing in the Kia Super League will help her in future.
“I was very keen to play in this league because I will be playing the same bowlers in the World Cup. After playing (against) them I will also be able to tell my team how they are bowling or what they are strategising,” Smriti said.
First Published: Aug 14, 2018 19:07 IST