Smriti Mandhana has remained one of the vital cogs of the Indian women’s team. Having made her debut in 2013, Smriti Mandhana has been one of the most consistent players at the top. Her strongest suit so far is ODIs in which she averages 43.08 in 51 fixtures. Smriti desires to elevate herself further, intending to emulate the Indian men’s captain in finishing games.
Virat Kohli has arguably etched his status as one of the greats of the game, especially in ODI cricket. With an average of nearly 60 in 248 ODI games so far, Virat Kohli remains at the forefront of taking over Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 18426 runs, being only 7000 adrift. The 31-year old boasts of an outstanding record while chasing, averaging 68.44 with 26 centuries and striking at 94.36.
Smriti Mandhana told the Indian Express that she is happy being Smriti Mandhana for her side; however, Virat’s batting is nothing less than inspirational. She wants to adopt the role of finishing games for India and the consistency that Kohli has.
“I am happy being Smriti Mandhana of women’s team but the kind of batting he does and the way he wins matches for India, It’s very inspirational. I would try and take the way he finishes the games. I would love doing that for India. It’s unrealistic to have the kind of consistency he has,” Smriti Mandhana stated.
I used to copy him (Shravan Mandhana) and bat with him: Smriti Mandhana
The 24-year old highlighted that it was while batting with her brother Shravan Mandhana that her interest in cricket as a profession began. At 15 or 16, Smriti ingrained on it, having scored a century for Maharashtra. She also credited her family in making that dream come true and were always supportive.
“I used to copy him (Shravan Mandhana) and bat with him. That’s how it all began. I chose cricket as my career when I was 15 or 16 when I scored a century for Maharashtra. More than my dream it was my family’s dream that I play for India and they always supported me,” she added.