Smriti Mandhana, and the quest for the ‘feeling’

Smriti Mandhana, and the quest for the ‘feeling’

Former India head coach WV Raman remembers Smriti Mandhana as a “very laid back character” who didn’t think too much about her game, didn’t “talk cricket” too much or exaggerate things in training.

“She’s had it in her head all along that ‘I have to get off to a good start, I have to contribute a lot as a senior cricketer’ and things like that,” Raman recalled when speaking on Sony Sports India on Friday about Mandhana’s mentality when looking through a dry run.

He alluded to the up-and-down phase following Mandhana’s 2018 breakout following the mid-to-end tournament silence at the 2017 ODI World Cup, after racking up runs for fun and the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2018 Mandhana started 2019 with the promise of many, even a blistering 105 in India’s first-ever match of the year. But in the 48 innings since, before Friday, she couldn’t get to three numbers once. In 12 of those innings, Mandhana lost her wicket after reaching half a century. And had a forefoot no-ball by Ellyse Perry on day two of the on-going Pink-ball Test against Australia not ruled out a catch, Mandhana would have had a thirteenth missed hundred to her name.

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