“Can wear the game of Indian women for a long time” – Gautam Gambhir praises Smriti Mandhana
Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir was impressed with how Indian opener Smriti Mandhana hit during the pink ball test against Australia.
Smriti Mandhana scored a sensational 127 in the opening innings and helped the visitors take dominance in the game. She received the Player of the Match award after her performance as the match unfortunately ended in a draw.
Writing in his column for The Times of India, Gautam Gambhir explained why he believes Smriti Mandhana could play an important role in the future of women’s cricket in India. Here is what he had to say:
“Just because she hits with her left hand (like me), I’m not partial to Smriti Mandhana. I sincerely believe that with a few others she has a pair of shoulders that can carry the Indian women game for a long time.
Gambhir also spoke about her fighting style and how she is a gentle timer of the cricket call.
“Mandhana is nice to look at, someone who has based her stick on timing rather than power. She operates in partnership, can place the ball in holes as if operating with a Google locator.
“I liked the fact that Mandhana is always in contact with his childhood coach” – Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was impressed that Smriti Mandhana still follows the advice of his childhood trainer, Anant Tambvekar. It was the coach’s wish for Mandhana to get a big hundred and she achieved that against the Aussies in the pink ball test.
“I liked that Mandhana is still in touch with his childhood trainer Anant Tambvekar,” Gambhir continued in his column. Sometimes as the wheel of life picks up, it’s easy to forget about her roots but clearly the lady didn’t. If I read the press article correctly, the coach asked Mandhana to go get a ‘Big Daddy Hundred’ and she accepted during the pink ball test match against Australia ”, concluded Gautam Gambhir” .
The Indian women take on the Australian women tomorrow in an epic T20 Series opener at Carrara. All 3 games in the T20 series will be interesting to watch as two of the top teams face off in the middle.
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