After the Pink-ball Test against Australia ended in a draw, Mithali Raj has stated that Jhulan Goswami has once again proved that she is India’s best bowler. The India captain also praised Smriti Mandhana for her brilliant batting performance as the opener scored her first Test hundred in the game.
India played their first ever Pink-ball Test against Australia and the game ended in a draw in Gold Coast, Queensland on Sunday. India dominated everywhere, with Smriti Mandhana’s first Test century and high-quality bowling performances from the bowlers. The Indian opener scored 127 runs from 216 balls with 22 fours and a maximum. Mandhana and Shafali Verma partnered for 93 runs for the opening wicket and gave the visitors a strong start.
The rain washed away most of the first two days of the pink-ball test, but the visitors put up 377 for 8 and declared their innings after a lavish outing by Mandhana and Deepthi Sharma. A disciplined bowling performance by the Indian bowlers helped the visitors dominate the Australian women.
Speaking about the team’s performance in the Pink-ball Test, India captain Mithali Raj stated that the Jhulan Goswami threw exceptionally well and she proved once again that she is India’s best bowler. She further praised Mandhana for her brilliant performance and stated that the Indian opener was very impressive.
“If we had taken four wickets, we would have taken a few more overs. But overall the team played very well,” said Mithali during the presentation ceremony.
“Jhulan has always been our best bowler for so many years and we have seen why she was the best. She shared her experience and young sailors Pooja Vastrakar and Meghna Singh got the opportunity alongside Jhulan so that they learn a lot,” she said. .
“Smriti was very impressive. I was also impressed by Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh in the one day matches. I am sure Harmanpreet (who is injured) will take the field in the T20s,” said Mithali.
Mandhana, who was ecstatic after the win and her record-breaking hundred in the match, stated that she will rate the hundred against Australia among the top three hundred she has hit in her career. The 25-year-old further added that wearing the Test Whites for India is a great feeling.
“It’s definitely in the top three (when asked to rate the hundred). The first time I played a day-night test, very happy I gave the team a good pace,” said Smriti Mandhana .
“The most nervous night I’ve ever had – after the first day. Lucky with that no-ball at 80. That cleared my mind after that.
“Wearing whites and going out on the field is the most important thing,” she added when asked about the importance of test cricket for Indian women.
India Women and Australia Women now enter a three-game T20I series, which begins on October 7.
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