As the men’s team is crossing milestones, the Women’s Cricket Team is also evolving in a great way. Recently, they defeated the Australian Women’s Team at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai. The girls performed exceptionally well, especially Smriti Mandhana. She played exceptionally well. In a recent interaction, Smriti Mandhana shared the challenges during his struggling days.
Smriti Mandhana and Challenges:
Smriti Mandhana is one of the most talented players on the Women’s Cricket Team. Recently, she was invited to a quiz show named ‘ Kaun Banega Crorepati’ hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. She was accompanied by wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan. Both of the players appeared on an episode of the show. During that show, Smriti Mandhana talked about her journey.
During that show, Amitabh Bachchan asked, Mr Computer says that you hail from a family who share an association with cricket. How would you describe your journey in the sport?” Then Smriti replied, “Yes, sir. My father and brother were both into cricket since childhood. It was Dad’s dream too… His family didn’t grant him permission to pursue the sport. He wanted both his children to play cricket and at least one of them to represent India.”
Later she added, “I think from the time I was in my mother’s womb. I used to practice too, mostly fetching the ball for my brother. I learned to bat by watching him from behind the nets. Actually, I’m a righty. But because my brother was a lefty, I learnt left-handed batting from him because I’d just stand behind the net and observe him. I think that’s how I started playing cricket.”
Throughout their career, a cricketer goes through a lot of challenges. When Mr. Bachchan asked her about her struggling days, Smriti said, “Sir, when I began playing women’s cricket, I mostly had to practice with boys – because not too many girls played cricket back then. So, I think… But I wish to give the credit to my parents. They didn’t let any of this get to me. They gave me complete freedom.”
Later she added, “My parents were taunted by the people – ‘If she gets tanned, no one will marry her.’ But the best thing was, they never let me bear the brunt. They allowed me to play.”