I believe my best is yet to come, says Smriti Mandhana 

Mandhana has been in superb form in the KIA Super T20 League in England.

Mandhana has amassed a lot of runs in the KIA Super League. (Getty)

Indian women's opener Smriti Mandhana has come out and stated that she is feeling extremely confident and happy with where her game stands at the moment. Mandhana has been one of finds of Indian women's cricket over the last couple of years and the youngster continues to get better with each and every game. 

Mandhana, having made a name for herself already, is currently in England playing the KIA Super T20 League. The 22-year-old has amassed 338 runs in six innings at an average of 85 and a magnificent strike rate of 184. This includes her glittery 60-ball hundred and two fifties. 

In an interview given to Times of India, Mandhana spoke about the rich of reign of form that she's enjoying these days and said, "After the World Cup last year, I worked very hard on my batting & fitness levels. This has helped me in achieving good and consistent form since that time," 

She also revealed that a slight but substantial technical change has helped her achieve this run and said, "A minor change in grip, and a slightly more open stance are the two changes I have made lately. It has helped me with my stroke-making and with clearing the in-field easily. I'm feeling more confident," 

Getting a ton in T20, she says, feels "special", as "it's my first century in T20 cricket," and expressed, "I believe that my best is yet to come, and I've to keep improving myself and keep pushing myself and not be complacent. Scoring runs for my country and being consistent is what I always aspire to do."

"Never expected myself to be leading across so many different stats on the batting chart in the tournament. However, I'm the happiest when the team wins. Personal performance is always secondary."

Mandhana's ambition now is to take this matchwinning form into the T20 World Cup this year and help India win the marquee event. 

"I will try my best there. Our team is working hard towards it, and the BCCI has really helped us in organizing preparatory camps and tours, which is providing us with enough match practice," she said and added, "These tours and camps help us assess our strengths and weakness, and plan accordingly for the T20 World Cup. If we play to our potential, God willing, we will do well."

(Inputs from TOI)


By Kashish Chadha - 10 Aug, 2018

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