Ever since making her debut in 2013, Smriti Mandhana has come a long way to becoming a vital cog in the Indian women's cricket team. On the back of consistent performances, the left-hander has become one of the batting mainstays for her side across the formats. Her majestic strokeplay and ability to mould her innings have been the prime reasons why she is India's preferred opener.
Such has been her batting performances that, in February, Mandhana became the world's no. 1 batswoman in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). She is also placed sixth in the list of top batswoman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). One of the key members of the Indian women's team, the youngster has aided her side in crunch situations more often, than not.
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The 22-year-old's outstanding achievements in cricket also earned her the coveted Arjuna Award in 2018. In the same year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also awarded her the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of 2018. She was also named the ODI Player of the Year in 2018.
While Mandhana's batting might has been well known around the globe, she has successfully managed to keep her personal life under wraps all this while. But, not anymore.
In one of its first, the Red Bull athlete took the 'Quirky Questions Quiz' and spilt the beans on her real-life secrets.
Q. If you had one hour left on Earth what would you do?
A. Half an hour batting and the other half with my friends and family.
Q. If you were not a cricketer what would you be?
A. I would be a chef. It's been a long time I've been cooking. Earlier, I used to get time to cook. And, I've also taken classes of cooking Punjabi dishes. I use to love making paneer tikka masala and all.
Q. What are the destinations on your travel bucket list?
A. Right now, Switzerland and Austria.
Q. What do you do on your day offs?
A. I love sleeping and watching movies.
Q. One cricketer you want to partner with?
A. Australian captain Meg Lanning. I really admire her batting and it would be great to bat alongside her.
Q. A well-kept locker room secret?
A. If it's a secret well kept, it should be well kept in the locker room only.
Q. What are you scared of the most?
A. Crossing the road scares me the most. And, I also can't watch horror movies at all.
Q. Pineapple on pizza?
A. No, not at all.