'It came at really risky situation' - Smriti Mandhana pleased with her match-winning century against West Indies
Smriti Mandhana also said that India will approach the rest of the tournament with a positive mindset.
Smriti Mandhana scored a superb century in India’s World Cup encounter against the West Indies side. The left-handed opening batter struck a match-winning 119-ball 123 for the ‘Women in Blue’ and helped the Mithali Raj-led outfit thrash their opposition by 155 runs.
And now, Mandhana has thrown light on her century. The left-handed batter stated that while her half-century against the Pakistan side (during India’s opening game of the tournament) was scored in relatively easy circumstances, her hundred against the West Indies is a special knock as it came when India were in a risky position.
“There is a difference between my two World Cup knocks. The first one was achieved in easy circumstances but this one is really special as it came when we were in a really risky situation,” said Smriti Mandhana in a video released on BCCI.tv.
As soon as we got the momentum, I thought of playing my own game: Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana also said that once the Indian side got the momentum that they needed in their clash against the West Indies, she thought of playing her natural game. Mandhana also added that when India started their innings, they were aiming to score around 250, but as the game progressed, they became ‘greedy’ and aimed for a total of 300.
“As soon as I felt that we have got the momentum that was required for the team, I thought of enjoying a bit and playing my own game. When we started the game, we aimed at 240-250 but as we reached 260-280, we got a bit greedy and thought of reaching to 300-run mark,” said Mandhana.
Mandhana also added that the most important thing is the fact that the Indian side won their match against the West Indies and concluded by stating that the Mithali Raj-led side will approach the tournament with a positive mindset. “Most importantly is that we have got that win on the board and hope we keep this momentum for the next four matches and we get into knockouts. So, we would like to go ahead in the tournament with a positive mindset,” concluded Mandhana.