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Smriti Mandhana (Credits: Getty)

Last Update on: February 19th, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Indian Women’s team star cricketer Smriti Mandhana, in a recent interview with International Cricket Council (ICC), has revealed that she is loving the atmosphere within the squad, ahead of their all-important opening game versus Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

The addition of young players has brought about a positive vibe within the Indian team, as per Smriti. This could be a positive thing for team India, considering that the average age of the Indian Women’s cricket team squad at the World Cup is just 23.

While there are four teenagers in the squad, the fresh faces have brought in newfound energy that could benefit the Indian contingent.

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Indian Women’s Cricket team (Image Credits – Twitter)

Smriti Mandhana says she’s loving the vibe within the team because of young players:

Speaking to ICC in her latest interview, Smriti opened up on the mood within the Indian dressing room.

“You can think of the vibe if you see the age of our team! With that kind of age group, there has to be fun and if there’s no fun there’s something wrong with the girls” 23-year-old was quoted as saying by the ICC.

She continued, “It’s been like that for the last one or two years. I won’t say it wasn’t like that in the years before, but since the teenagers have come, there is a different energy.”

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Smriti Mandhana. Credit: Getty Images

Smriti also revealed the mentality of the young players who’ve come into the Indian women’s setup.

“Young players come into it with fresh thinking, they don’t have anything behind them. They know nothing. They’re very different people to we were when we came into the side at 17,” added the left-handed batswoman.

“They are very fearless, they don’t have a lot of pressure on them. They think like it’s any other match and coming into a World Cup, that’s the best thing about them,” she said. 

The Indian Women’s cricket team has two 16-year-old’s, Richa Ghosh and Shafali Verma who are both prodigious talents and much will be expected from them in the upcoming World Cup. They will open their campaign against hosts Australia on Friday at the Spotless Stadium, Sydney.