mandhana: Indian team has improved massively since T20 WC defeat to Australia: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News
India and Australia are ready to fit into a multi-format series comprising three ODIs, the day-night test and three T20s, starting on September 21. The test will be played from September 30 to October 3 in Canberra.
The last time the two teams met was in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup in the CGM last year where the hosts had beaten India by 85 runs to lift the trophy.
“The team has grown enormously (since the T20 World Cup)”, Mandhana he told ‘The Scoop podcast’.
The Indian team ended their 14-day hotel quarantine on Monday.
“COVID-19 It was a great opportunity after the T20 World Cup and many girls had the opportunity to come back and understand more about their games, where they lack as individuals and come back stronger. ”
The stylish southpaw said that after the forced break from COVID-19, the Indian team is slowly getting back into the rhythm of playing cricket.
“The whole team has worked on their fitness and skills … we are still getting into the rhythm of playing matches continuously, but for the last five, six months we have been playing cricket and now we are getting back to the match mentality. . the series is going well for the whole team ”
India came to Australia after a multi-format series against England in June and July, while some players such as the white ball captain Harmanpreet Kaurteenage, batting sensation Shafali Verma and Mandhana also participated in The Hundred tournament.
The opener of swashbuckling said to play against Meg Lanning and company. he is always competitive and the team tends to enjoy hitting on the bouncy courts of Down Under.
“We all love playing Australia, because they are one of the best teams in the world and quite competitive,” Mandhana said.
“When it comes to Australia, you are a little more excited because the competitive level of the Australian team rubs off on us and we also started to be more competitive.”
Mandhana is the only Indian woman to score a century in Australia, a 102 at Blundstone Arena aged 19 in 2016. She also holds the record for the highest T20I score in the country by an Indian woman.
“Australian grounds have a real rebound and I think everyone loves hitting in Australia. No one will tell you they don’t like hitting in Australia,” Mandhana said.
The team also hopes to play its first pink ball game.
“We are all really happy to play cricket, whatever the quarantine period,” Mandhana said.
The teams will play a preparation match in Brisbane on Saturday.