India Women’s team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana has called all-rounder Sneh Rana’s comeback in all three formats of cricket as “inspirational”.
A stupendous bowling performance by spinners Poonam Yadav, Sneh Rana, and Deepti Sharma helped India to defeat England by eight runs in the second T20I match. IND W vs ENG W will now come into a face-off in the third & the final T20I on Wednesday at Essex County Cricket Club.
Talking to media in the pre-match conference, Smriti Mandhana said, “Sneh Rana’s comeback is very inspirational for all of us. I was part of the team when she last played and to see her come back this way in all three formats is very inspirational. When you are coming back you have an added pressure of doing well and proving yourself once again. She has performed in a way that she has crashed the door in all three formats of the game. And that’s something that is very commendable”,
Speaking about Jhulan Goswami’s presence in the dressing room, Smriti said, “Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj have an impact on the dressing room. With them, there is a sense of calm in the dressing room. And them cheering some youngster is definitely gonna boost their confidence.”
Further talking about the importance of winning the second T20I, Smriti said, “That win was definitely important. The way we came back in the last 5 overs, bowlers and fielders showed character. Harmanpreet hitting a few balls was very good for the Indian team. That win also put us in the position to win the T20I series.
“We had discussions on how to get better in middle and death overs. We are losing two wickets at a time and that is something that put a brake on to run rate. We have to work this out as a team as it put pressure on the two new batters. Hopefully, we better our mistakes in tomorrow’s match.”
Smriti also talked about her opening partner Shafali Verma & Richa Ghosh. Praising the duo smriti said, “It’s been 1.5-2 years that I and Shafali have been opening in T20I. And from this tour, we have been opening in ODI’s and Test too. It’s fun opening the partnership with her. Our communication during the match is very helpful. And yeah we have to carry our good start to at least 15th over.”
“Richa Gosh has improved massively on her keeping. I can see her working hard, even when Test and ODI were on she was working on her skills and that is also showing off in the match. She with the gloves can be very useful for the combination and balance of our team,” she concluded.