Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo: Twitter)

Star Indian opener Smriti Mandhana is fully aware of the inconsistent batting performance of the Indian team in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 and she said that the team want to make improvements in the batting department.

Indian women’s team have had a decent run in the ongoing ICC Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 so far, having won two out of four games. Mithali Raj-led India will next lock horns with undefeated Australia on Saturday, March 19 at Eden Park.

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Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo: Twitter)

Ahead of the Australia clash, Smriti Mandhana said that she has no explanation for the inconsistent batting performance of the team. She said:

There’s no explanation. Well, if I had an explanation, I would have definitely discussed in the team dressing room, but I wouldn’t say there’s any explanation because you cannot really… there’s no explanation we can give for something like that.”

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. Image: ICC

“In the series (against New Zealand last month), our batters were really doing well. We were getting a good total on board. But, yeah, in the last four matches, our batting unit together hasn’t clicked and that’s something which we all really want to work on, and I’m sure there will be a perfect game for the batters.”

It’s not that every day all the seven batters are going to click – Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC
Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC

The star opener Smriti Mandhana feels that every day all seven batters will not play good knocks and it’s the responsibility of two-three batters, who find a rhythm, to play 50 overs and help India reach a good total.

“It’s not that every day all the seven batters are going to click. So, our thing is, whoever two or three (batters) are getting to time the ball well, it’s their responsibility to play the 50 overs and get to a respectable total.”

The 25-year-old added that the Indian team have been losing a lot of wickets back to back and the batters need to build good partnerships to get to the respectable total. Smriti Mandhana said:

We have been losing wickets back to back and that’s something which we, as a batting unit, want to address. Fifty-overs (cricket) is all about partnerships, good partnerships, so we definitely want to work on it. As set batters, it’s more responsibility on that batter to take the game forward from that time when you know you’re able to time the ball well.”

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