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Smriti Mandhana Spills The Beans On Her Real-Life Secrets In Hilarious 'Quirky Questions Quiz'
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsEver 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. © Red Bull 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.
Smriti Mandhana Trolls Yuzvendra Chahal In One Of The Most Hilarious Interviews On 'Chahal TV'
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe past few weeks have been really joyous for the Indian cricket fans. While the men's team was seen romping their way to an emphatic ODI series win, the women's team, too, clinched a historic series triumph in the 50-over format against New Zealand. Both the Indian cricket teams were clinical in the ODIs, but the men's and women's brigade suffered defeats in the first T20I against the Kiwis. While the Rohit Sharma-led side lost the first match of the T20I series by 80 runs, Harmanpreet Kau & co were also seen going down against the Kiwis, losing the game by 23 runs. Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, both the teams will be eager to shrug off their defeats and make a strong comeback in what has now become do-or-die encounters on 8th February. Twitter/@BCCI But, as the Indian fans await a strong return from the two Indian teams, they had something to cheer for and laugh at - thanks to 'Chahal TV'. The humorous show, hosted by Yuzvendra Chahal, has already struck a chord with fans for the candid interviews taken by the Indian spinner. But, on 7th February, the popularity of the show scaled new heights after Indian opener Smriti Mandhana became the first female cricketer to appear on 'Chahal TV'. World No 1 batter makes her debut on Chahal TV@mandhana_smriti has been taking her batting inspiration from this leg spinner ðð. Find out who it is in this fun segment of @yuzi_chahal TV - by @RajalArora Full video ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/ND9xz7OUgR #ChahalTV pic.twitter.com/fLHBysiltm — BCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2019 Chahal caught up with Mandhana and a hilarious conversation ensued. Joking about taking inspiration from Chahal's batting, the Indian batswoman said: “I was so inspired after looking at your batting in the 4th ODI that I told myself that I need to develop my game. You are my batting inspiration". To which, Chahal was quick to reply: "She has chosen the perfect batsman to improve her batting". Apart from that, Mandhana, who recently became the no. 1 batswoman in ODI cricket, also revealed why she chose the no. 18 jersey like Virat Kohli. “I initially wanted the number 7 because that was my roll number in school. But that was not available. Then I was recommended taking the 18 number because it is also my birthday (18th July). I didn't know then that Virat bhayya has the same number. I have known for last two years,” she said.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAfter remaining unbeaten in the tournament, the Indian women's cricket team suffered a massive heartbreak after a poor batting display saw them losing the ICC Women's World T20 semifinal against England in the Caribbean last month. Since then, the Indian women's cricket team has been subject to immense criticism. If that wasn't enough senior cricketer Mithali Raj's allegations against their coach Ramesh Powar further dented their reputation. But, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take any action in the case, the home fans finally have something cheer for. Despite all the negativity and controversy surrounding their team, India's T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and opening Smriti Mandhana are taking positive strides to make the nation proud. With the Women's Big Bash League (BBL) currently underway, Harmanpreet is plying her trade with Sydney Thunder and Mandhana is playing for Hobart Hurricanes. And, on 9th December, the two marauding Indian batswomen set the BBL on fire with some slambang batting displays, paving way for comfortable wins for their respective teams. First, it was Mandhana's blistering 41-ball 69 that propelled Hurricanes to a 72-run win and then, came the Harmanpreet show that was comprised of a 26-ball 56 which saw Thunder romping their way to a 28-run triumph. Twitter/@WBBL During Hurricanes' clash against Melbourne Stars, Mandhana opened the innings for her side with Erin Fazackerley. And, despite the early loss of her opening partner, the Indian left-hander went hammer and tongs at the opposition bowlers in a strokeful innings that was decorated with 13 fours. Showcasing wide array of strokes, the 22-year-old brought up her fifty in a mere 24 deliveries. What a knock it was from @HurricanesWBBL gun Smriti Mandhana! #WBBL04 #WATCHME pic.twitter.com/Ou7hfM2u9L — Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 9, 2018 Mandhana's innings finally came to an end when off-spinner Erin Osborne sent her back into the pavilion in the 14th over. However, her quickfire knock allowed Hurricanes to post a formidable total of 196 runs. In reply, Stars never really got going in their run-chase as Heather Knight's three-wicket haul ensured they got bowled out for just 124 runs. If Mandhana impressed everyone with the willow, her national teammate Harmanpreet reminded everyone why she's considered one of the most feared batswoman in limited-overs cricket. Locking horns with Brisbane Heat, the Thunder brigade got a flying start with Rachel Priest (49) and Rachael Haynes (36) adding 89 runs for the first wicket. But, Haynes dismissal halted Thunder's onslaught, only momentarily. Twitter/@WBBL Coming out to bat at No. 3, Harmanpreet smashed six fours and three sixes during her knock which was played at a strike-rate of over 200. The 29-year-old raced to her fifty in a mere 23 balls as her side raced to a competitive total of 192 runs. In response, Brisbane Heat found some refuge in Grace Harris (54) and Delissa Kimmince (38) but the target proved a tad too much for Kirby Short's side which eventually bundled out for 164 runs. Not sure what's better...the shot or the kid's reaction! ðð¤·â#WBBL04 #WATCHME pic.twitter.com/X7vcGt9itN — Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 9, 2018 While Mandhana was adjudged Player of the Match for her match-winning knock for Hurricanes, Harmanpreet claimed the same honour for her pivotal innings for Thunder. It was quite a day for the Indian cricket fans to see two of the most destructive batswomen in women's cricket producing gem of an innings in different games.
Smriti Mandhana Clobbers Joint-Fastest Fifty & Then Enjoys Her 'Fan Moment' With Sangakkara
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe Indian cricket team has been hogging the limelight amid their ongoing tour of England. After a 2-1 win in T20Is and a 1-2 loss in the ODI series, Virat Kohli and his men now gear up for the much-anticipated five-match Test duel, slated to begin from 1st August in Edgbaston. But, while there has been a lot of focus on the form of the visiting team, an Indian cricketer recently stole the limelight on the back of a memorable performance. Indian women cricketer Smriti Mandhana elated her fans and would have surely made her male counterparts proud, after smashing a joint-fastest fifty in the history of women's T20 cricket. Playing for Western Storm in a rain-curtailed six-over-a-side match in the ongoing KIA Super League, the Indian opener went hammer and tongs at the Loughborough Lightning bowling attack, to notch up her fifty in mere 18 deliveries. In the process, the 22-year-old equaled the record of New Zealand's Sophie Devine who achieved the feat against India in 2015. 52* | Five fours | Four sixes | 19 balls - @mandhana_smriti ð± ð¥ Highlights as @WesternStormKSL beat Loughborough Lightning: https://t.co/G6F2do8HS4 pic.twitter.com/vOuDjkBZbn — England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) July 29, 2018 Mandhana, who became the first Indian to play in England's premier women's domestic T20 tournament, slammed five fours and four sixes to remain unbeaten at 52 off just 19 balls, as her side Storm amassed a total of 85 runs at the loss of two wickets. Coincidentally, Devine was also playing in the match - for Loughborough - and scored an unbeaten 46. But, she couldn't avert a defeat for her side who fell short by 18 runs. It wasn't really surprising to see her artistry with the willow taking the social media by storm, but it was Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara who made Mandhana's day. This just made my day. A big fan girl moment for me. Can't express how glad and overwhelmed I am. This memory is going to stay with me forever ðð #blessed #grateful #Legend #thebest A post shared by Smriti Mandhana (@smriti_mandhana) on Jul 29, 2018 at 10:15am PDT After impressing everyone on the field, Mandhana gracefully endured the 'fan moment' when she got an opportunity to meet Sangakkara. The Indian southpaw clicked a picture with her role model and then shared it on Instagram with the caption: "This just made my day. A big fangirl moment for me. Can't express how glad and overwhelmed I am. This memory is going to stay with me forever”. Watching @mandhana_smriti putting bowlers to the sword here at Taunton. She is brilliant to watch. Great ambassador and great skill — Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) July 29, 2018 Sangakkara, who was present at the ground where Mandhana recorded her feat, also took to Twitter and praised the Indian cricketer. "Watching @mandhana_smriti putting bowlers to the sword here at Taunton. She is brilliant to watch. Great ambassador and great skill," his tweet read.