Thanks to Smriti Mandhana, England’s Heather Knight has a new skill!
Yes, the captain of the English women team recently learnt Hindi from Smriti Mandhana. Both the cricketers are representing the Desert Storm in the Women’s Cricket Super League being held in England. Mandhana scored 48 off 20 balls, which comprised of five sixes. She not only won hearts with her batting on-the-field but also impressed all with her Hindi commentary. The two stitched a partnership of 80 runs in quick time for the second wicket.
“Smriti Mandhana plays without any nerves and we saw a little bit of what she can do,” said Knight after the match. “She was hitting the ball so cleanly, all I had to do was play a supporting role. I went for my shots a bit more after she got out and I was timing the ball really well out there. I saw that the hundred was on and they don’t come along that often in T20. In the end I fell just short and I guess I’ll get a bit of stick for turning down a single at the end,” said Knight at the post-match presentation.
Meanwhile, Smriti agreed with her Western Storm teammate as well, “It makes us a better player. Learning from experiences we’ll all grow together,” she remarked.
A year back, both the cricketers were playing against each other in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Finals, now they are teammates and friends as well. It is so intriguing to see how cricket bridges barriers.
Mandhana has been one of India’s premier batter during the last season along with Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodriguez. She would be expected to play a big role in the upcoming ICC Twenty20 Women’s World Cup, later this year.