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Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana have this lucky charm in common in South Africa

Both Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana slammed a hundred each, for Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams respectively, while wearing jersey No. 18 to lead their respective teams to victories in South Africa

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2018 12:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli,Smriti Mandhana,Indian national cricket team
Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana have impressed all with their significant performance for Indian cricket team in South Africa.(Facebook)

It seems that No. 18 is the new lucky number for Indian cricket. The reason: it is the jersey number of both Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Indian women’s cricket team star player Smriti Mandhana.

And as luck would have it, both cricketers slammed a hundred each while wearing the jersey of the same number to lead their respective teams to victories in South Africa on Wednesday.

READ | Virat Kohli reveals the secret behind his incredible form in South Africa

Kohli conjured a masterclass in the third ODI at Cape Town, scoring runs with ease on a pitch where other batsmen struggled. Eschewing his signature aggression, he concentrated on running hard between the wickets to compile his 34th ODI ton. During his unbeaten 159-ball 160, he scored 100 runs by running underlining his supreme fitness.

Riding on his sublime innings, India posted a mammoth 303/6. The pressure of chasing a 300 plus target took a toll on South African batting as they were bundled out for a paltry 178 to give Kohli and Co a thumping 124-run victory and an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.

READ | Smriti Mandhana guides Indian women’s cricket team to series win over South Africa

In Kimberley, another Indian cricketer,Smriti Mandhana, while wearing the same Jersey No. played an innings of similar quality to fashion her side’s win on the same day. Mandhana, who is known for his stylish batting, slammed a 129-ball 135 to help Indian women’s cricket team trounce their South African counterparts by a whopping margin of 178 runs to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Both Kohli and Mandhana would now hope to continue their lucky association with the No. 18.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 12:31 IST