AUS W vs IND W: Smriti Mandhana received a lot of praise for her scintillating century.© Twitter
Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana displayed a batting display as she completed her maiden Test century during the second day of the ongoing Pink Ball Test in Australia in Queensland. Mandhana scored an unbeaten 84 at the end of day’s play to reach a Test match record century and became the first Indian woman cricketer to reach the three-figure mark on Australian soil in a Test. This masterclass of a classy left-hander put India in complete control of the one-off Test being played in Queensland. The cricketing community took note of Mandhana’s feat and commended the batsman for showing outstanding determination in tough Australian conditions.
Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer called Mandhana the ‘goddess of offside’ on Twitter. Jaffer congratulated her and wrote: “Goddess of offside. Congratulations on your maiden Test century @mandhana_smriti. First of all. Well played #AUSvIND.”
— Wasim Jaffer (@wasim jaffer14) October 1, 2021
Former India women’s team player and cricket commentator Anjum Chopra also appreciated Mandhana’s efforts. She wrote: “A simple celebration. That’s Smriti Mandhana her maiden Test #AUSvIND #PinkBallTest. @mandhana_smriti @BCCIWomen.”
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) October 1, 2021
Cricket analyst and former Indian men’s team opener Aakash Chopra congratulated the batsman and wrote that it was Mandhana’s first of many centuries to come with the bat. He wrote: “Test century. First time. Definitely first of many. Well played, Smriti Mandhana. Make it big #PinkBallTest #AusvInd.”
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 1, 2021
Former cricketer Dodda Ganesh also praised the India opener for his “top-class” innings in tough conditions.
He wrote, “Top class century @mandhana_smriti. Kick on and get a big #AUSvIND.”
—| Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) October 1, 2021
Mandhana eventually fell to Ashleigh Gardner after scoring 127 off 216 balls, keeping India at 195/2 in 68.1 overs.
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