The Indian women cricket team has come a long way and have created their own space. They are currently one of the best teams in the world right now. Smriti Mandhana, the Indian opener is one of the most talented cricketers we have in the Indian cricket team.

Recently, Smriti Mandhana bettered her own record of scoring the fastest fifty for India in the shortest format, reaching the 50-run mark in only 24 balls against New Zealand in the 1st T20I of the three-match series in Wellington.

After the match, Smriti Mandhana made her debut on Chahal TV on Wednesday after becoming the No. 1 ODI batter in women’s cricket. Amidst the interview, Smriti Mandhana revealed that the jersey number 18 wasn’t her first choice. Yes, the jersey number that is Virat’s Jersey number as well, was suggested to her by someone else. She said :

I wanted number 7 on the back of my jersey. My roll number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas sir, our team manager, then suggested me to take 18 (Virat Kohli’s jersey number). I knew it only a couple of years ago that Virat also has been playing with 18 on the back of his jersey,”

Smriti and Chahal also joked around in the middle as the spinner asked the opening batter if she was inspired by him watching him bat in 4th ODI, to which she said :

“Yes, yes. I was inspired a lot after seeing you bat in the 4th ODI (vs New Zealand in Hamilton). I felt like I have to develop my game. You’re one my inspirations when it comes to batting.”

Here, have a look at the video of her :

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