Smriti Mandhana, England captain Heather Knight bond over Hindi lessons

first_imgSmriti Mandhana and England captain Heather Knight are hitting it off not just on the sidelines of the ongoing Women’s Cricket Super League in England but they are also finding ways to help each other on the field.Mandhana is the first Indian to be a part of the Women’s Cricket Super League and she announced herself quite remarkably with a 20-ball 48 in the first match of Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds.Mandhana achieved the success at the back of some pretty peculiar help from Knight.On the other hand, Knight received some on-field Hindi lessons from Mandhana and helped her bat through.What an incredible innings on KSL debut from Smriti Mandhana! 48 from just 20 balls!Some amazing shots here! #StormTroopers @mandhana_smriti @sachin_rt @BCCIWomen @Anya_shrubsole @legsidelizzy @ECB_cricket @SGanguly99 @VVSLaxman281 @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/JW2dkDzw6CWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018In a video posted by ICC, Knight and Mandhana narrated how one Hindi word that the former learnt on the field helped the Indian bat through.”It was a bit hard for me to call out in English, because we are used to calling out in Hindi, so I was telling her ‘haan’ is yes. So she was like, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll run for that!’,” Smriti told ICC.She further went on to say that it was a good experience for her to play alongside Heather for a change.”I’ve always played against her [Knight], so playing alongside her was fun.”Knight, on the other hand, spoke about how batting with different players from around the world beautifies these worldwide T20 league. Also learning new languages is fun.advertisement”It’s one of the great things about T20 [leagues]. You get to play with different people from around the world and work out how they play their cricket. Also learn new languages, I thought it was good fun.”I’m not sure I’ll be wanting to do it [learn a new language] every week,” she laughed, “but if I can learn ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in Hindi and help Smriti bat there in the middle – because she got off to a great start for us – then that’s great!” Knight expressed.Apart from picking up on some Hindi, Knight also revealed how they are all keeping a keen eye on the way Mandhana bats and perhaps read her game, understand it and learn from it too.”They get to watch how you bat internationally and vice versa. You get to have a look on how they go about things and get a closer look at their game and how you’re going to play against them and get them out.”At the back of our heads, we’re working out how we are going to bowl out Smriti in the World Cup because you’ve got the best players in the world playing here and you want to learn from them as much as you can and pick up those little tips that you can add to you game and improve you own game,” Knight said.Smriti also went on to express that it was a learning experience to be sharing dressing room with world class players.”I think it’s great fun sharing the dressing room with players who we play against throughout the year. It makes us a better player. Learning from experiences we’ll all grow together.”Mandhana and Knight put up an 80-run partnership for Western Storm, where Smriti struck five sixes her her 48-run innings.Some photos from a sizzling knock of 48 from @mandhana_smriti!!!#StormTroopers pic.twitter.com/fuuwoW64SuWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018Even after Mandhana was dismissed, Knight went on to score 97 off 62 deliveries.Western Storm eventually beat Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets.last_img

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