IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana

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IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana
IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana

IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana

IND-W vs ENG-W: Indian batter Smriti Mandhana said that the team had a meeting following their setback and is looking forward to bouncing back tougher and living up to the standards set as a unit. Her side lost by nine wickets to England in the first T20I.

Due to weather, Sunday’s match between India and England ended in a humiliating nine-wicket loss for England at the riverside field of Chester-le-Street.

“As a team, we did have a discussion because we did not play the brand of cricket that we have been playing for the last two months or so. So definitely we were disappointed. We took it as a bad day and we know that we have to come back harder and match the standards we have made for ourselves,” said Mandhana at a press conference ahead of the next match, which will take place on Tuesday in Derby.

The team struggled as a batting unit between overs 12 and 20, she continued.

“Even during Commonwealth Games 2022, during one or two matches, we could not get to the score we aimed for while starting. Hemlata had come back into the team after a long time and Kiran had her debut, we had to give them enough time to showcase their capabilities. We all spoke about the intent of the team,” he added.

IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana
IND-W vs ENG-W: On-field conditions were not up to mark in first T20I against England, says Smriti Mandhana

The batter claimed that while the first match’s conditions were unsuitable for an international match, the team would not make that justification.

“On-field conditions were not up to the mark during first T20I to hold an international match,” she said.

On Nat Sciver’s break from cricket and the need for psychologists in team staff raised by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti said:

“Harmanpreet made a good point. We had a psychologist named Mughda during the world cup and it helped girls a lot. With the type of schedule we have, it will help a lot if we have a proper mentor or psychologist with the team.”

Smriti Mandhana said that she is prepared for the busy schedule.

“I am just trying to tell myself that we have not played a lot of cricket. And we as players, hoped that we get to play more of it. Now, I cannot be complaining that we have a lot of cricket, we always wanted this schedule as players. I am happy to be playing this much of cricket and having my family over here, helps us stay in a good mindset. And teammates have been just as amazing,” she said.