Arjuna Award Will Motivate Me To Be a Better Player: Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana. (Getty Pictures)

Smriti Mandhana, who can be introduced with the Arjuna Award at Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 25th mentioned that being conferred with the award will inspire her to be a greater participant.Because the cycle starting after the 2017 World Cup, Mandhana has a complete of 669 runs in 12 matches to her identify, with seven fifties and one century. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine is the one participant forward of her within the record, with 700 runs in ten matches.

She has carried that type into T20 Internationals as properly, and has 439 runs in 18 matches to her identify, together with 4 fifties. Relating to her total tally throughout ODIs and T20Is, she has 1139 runs to her identify in 28 innings’, at a median of 45.56. It’s the most by an Indian ladies’s participant for the reason that 2017 World Cup.

Mandhana additionally had good performances within the Kia Tremendous League in England, the place her table-topping 421 runs at a strike-rate of 174.68 took Western Storm to the Finals Day. She turned the primary Indian – male or feminine – to win the participant of the event award in an abroad T20 league.

“It’s good to get Arjuna Award. First I didn’t know what Arjuna Award is, after I was 15-16 years previous and different folks used to get,” Mandhana advised Girls’s CricZone in Colombo on Saturday (September 21). “Amrita ma’am (Amrita Shinde, the previous India batter), my mentor, used to say that you’ll positively get this when I’m 21-22. I used to ask her, ‘what’s that award, I don’t even know.’ Once I turned 17-18, I understood what it’s. I used to be not anticipating to get, I used to assume she was simply telling like that. It feels good to get the award and positively motivates me to be a greater participant and carry out properly.”

Having made her worldwide debut on the age of 16 in 2013, Mandhana is the tenth girl cricketer to win the award. Shantha Rangaswamy (1976), Diana Edulji (1983), Shubhangi Kulkarni (1985), Sandhya Agarwal (1986), Mithali Raj (2003), Anju Jain (2005), Anjum Chopra (2006), Jhulan Goswami (2010) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2017) are the opposite ladies cricketers to have gained it earlier than.

“It’s good. The extra folks hear about ladies cricketers the extra the dad and mom will ship their ladies to play cricket,” Mandhana added. “It’s about studying within the newspaper or listening within the information about ladies cricketers. Awards or performances, it can all assist lots of dad and mom to decide on cricket for his or her ladies as a profession choice. There can be lots of ladies enjoying cricket within the subsequent two-three years and there can be wholesome competitors.”

First Revealed: September 22, 2018, 11:43 PM IST


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