Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana feels confident about upcoming clash against Australia
Women’s World Cup: India batter Smriti Mandhana feels confident about playing against Australia in a repeat of the ICC Women’s CWC 2017 semi-final at Eden Park on Saturday.
India defeated Australia by 36 runs to reach the final five years ago. And they’ll need another win this time to keep their dreams alive of reaching the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 semi-finals. Convincing victories over Pakistan and the West Indies have been overshadowed by similarly resounding losses to hosts New Zealand and incumbent champions England, leaving India unable to ensure a spot in the final four if they continue to collapse.
“I don’t really know what gets the best out of me against Australia. But I think they’re a really competitive team. And sometimes when the bowlers are going hard on you and I’m not an aggressive person by nature. But, somewhere inside me, there is an instinct where I want to really do well and get back at them with the bat,” said Mandhana in an official statement.
“That’s something which may really motivate me against Australia. And it is a very important game tomorrow. So I hope I can contribute against them,” she added.
You could be forgiven for believing India has a psychological advantage on the big stage. After Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbroken 171 off 115 balls knocked Australia out of the last World Cup. But both camps say the events of that dramatic day in Derby will play no part.
“Everyone knows what happened in 2017 but I think it’s better that we don’t really think about it. It’s going to be a fresh day. More than 2017, we definitely had a word about how we went about in the series against Australia when we were touring Australia [last year] and the kind of cricket we played there and the kind of bowling we did there,” she said.
Coming to the ongoing World Cup, Team India will face Australia in their next match in Auckland on Saturday.