After suffering a humiliating 41-run loss in the first Twenty20 International at the hands of England, the stand-in captain of the Indian Women’s Team Smriti Mandhana has revealed that the Women in Blue does not lack in the fast bowling depth.
Her comments come after the bowling department leaked too many runs in the first match, failing to put up an impressive show.
Speaking about India’s bowling performance in the game, Mandhana shared, “I do not think we lack in the fast bowling department. Jhulan di has a lot of experience and it is unfair to expect a fast bowler to come in her second match and do the same thing Jhulan di does for us. I think looking at the pacers, I do not think depth is not there, we just have to give them enough chances and I am sure they will produce match-winning performances.”
The England side took the Indian bowlers head on and kept on hitting them for boundaries all over the park. Arundhati Reddy, Deepti Sharma, and Radha Yadav went for more than 30 runs in their 4 overs with Reddy being the most expensive one (45 runs in 4 overs).
However, the Indian skipper praised Radha Yadav for her bowling performance in the first T20 International game of the three-match series. She gave 33 runs in her 4 overs and picked up 2 crucial wickets for her side. Mandhana shared that Radha has developed into a very good Twenty20 bowler.
“I think Radha has done really well for us in the shortest format in the past year, she is young and she gives us more as a batter as well in the middle-order.”
The Women in Blue will now look to turn the tables in the second T20I game of the series against the Englishwomen to level the series.
The second match of the T20I series will be starting at 11 am, later today.
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