Swashbuckling Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has recently recalled that she was on the verge of dropping out of the 2017 Cricket World Cup. She got an injury during the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in January that year. She had suffered an ACL injury (ligament tear) in Australia and had to undergo surgery as well and also had rehab.
“It was quite funny, tearing my ACL while bowling. When I fell during the Big Bash match, I knew that it was a major injury. When I incurred the injury, the first thing I thought about was the World Cup,” said Smriti Mandhana while speaking on the fourth episode of ‘The Finish Line’ hosted by Saurav Ghoshal.
“80 per cent of the physios had ruled me out of the World Cup”: Smriti Mandhana
“80 per cent of the physios had ruled me out of the World Cup, but there were a few physios and trainers at NCA (National Cricket Academy), who thought that I will be able to make it because I am a batter. I am lucky that I am a left-hander and I put a lot of weight on my right leg and not on my left leg, so all these factors gave the trainers confidence that I can make it to the World Cup,” she added.
Smriti Mandhana started the campaign in a blitzy way with a 72-ball 90 against England and also an unbeaten 106 off 108 against West Indies. Howveer, she failed to keep up the momentum as she managed only 36 runs in the next seven matches. And, India had finished as runners-up where they lost to England by 9 runs in a nail-biting final at the Lord’s.
However, her cricketing career witnessed a drastic change soon after and she became one of the vital cogs of India since then. Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana has recently said that the COVID-19 has not impacted women’s cricket more than their male counterparts. India last played in the final of T20 World Cup against Australia earlier this year at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium. The game witnessed a record crowd of over 84,000 people.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the ICC Cricket World Cup until 2022 – which was earlier scheduled to take place in February next year in New Zealand. However, the flamboyant opener feels that the team has been preparing well for the mega event and they have now extra time to prepare for the tournament and work on their goal to lift the trophy.