An outstanding performer on and off the field, Smriti Mandhana led India to a convincing victory over the West Indies in Hamilton as part of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur were jointly awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Singh Mandhana shared the ‘Player of the Match’ award
India’s comprehensive triumph against the West Indies in an ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 qualifier in Hamilton on Saturday was highlighted by Smriti Mandhana’s performance on and off the field. Harmanpreet Kaur and Harshdeep Singh Mandhana shared the ‘Player of the Match award at the post-match presentation, despite the fact that Mandhana had the highest individual score of 123 from 119 balls for India. When India was batting first, it was the stunning 184-run stand between Mandhana and Harmanpreet that powered the team to a massive total of 317 for 8.
Smriti Mandhana stated that:
“I believe that getting a century and not being named Player of the Match is something that I would not want to experience as a cricketer. I believe that we both contributed equally to our 300-point total. As a result, I believe it is beneficial for us to share the trophy, and I believe both of us are strong competitors to win it. We were able to learn from our mistakes, and it is something that we are determined not to repeat again “Smriti Mandhana made the following statement during the post-match presentation.
Mandhana’s heartwarming gesture of sharing the ‘Player of the Match’ title with Harmanpreet, who hit 109 off 107 balls, went viral on social media, praising the left-hander for her selfless act.
Indian fans praised Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur
“What a moment this is love.
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur share the Player of the Match Award.
𝗔 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗢𝗳 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦!
“shares her Player of the Match award with fellow centurion & #TeamIndia vice-captain
“#CWC22 | #WIvIND
Smriti Mandhana who was initially announced as the Player of The Match told commentators to announce Harmanpreet Kaur as POTM as well.
She said Harman deserved the award equally. ICC, I believe has enough budget to give both of us separate trophies.”
“Two endearing pictures from the women’s cricket World Cup:
The Indian team took a selfie with the Pakistan captain and her baby after they beat Pakistan
“insisting she share the player of the match award with her teammate
Was watching ICC video of the award ceremony where
“ji came with
ji to lift PlayeroftheMatch Trophy.A noble gesture which we all must praise & Tbh both Players were extremely deserving of this Trophy. Well done.
NVR saw such an act in men’s cricket”
“one of the beautiful moments in World Cup!” Smriti said:
CWC 22 Match 10 Nice gesture from Smriti Mandhana (123 runs), she got the player of the award but she called Harmanpreet Kaur (109 runs) as well to share the award – one of the beautiful moments in World Cup!
Smriti said that the 184-run partnership with Harmanpreet was interesting “As batters, we both like to chase and set the target at the same time. We didn’t get going in the last game, which is very important when we’re trying to catch up.”
“As you can see, we have a lot of different skills. She is good at spin, but I like the ball to move quickly. She gives me a strike if the spinner comes on when I give her a strike if the pacer comes on when I give her a strike I’m sure the ICC will give another trophy, and I’m sure they have enough money to do that “She also said.
Sneh Rana had three wickets
The West Indies were bowled out for 162 in the 40.3 overs. She took her record-breaking wicket in the 36th over. Sneh Rana had three wickets to her name at the end of the day. When Harmanpreet Kaur hasn’t played very well in international cricket for a long time, people have been questioning her. This World Cup, the experienced right-hander has responded well with back-to-back important innings.
After the match, Smriti said, “I think when her back is to the wall, that’s when she comes out the best.”
Smriti talked about Harmanpreet
“Her squad is better now because she works so hard. She keeps going even if it doesn’t work. She excels at World Cups.” The two Indians put up a 184-run stand for the wicket, the biggest partnership in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup history. They finished second last time with a 317/8, their best ever score at the showpiece event.
“Our middle order needs her. She’s back! So far, she’s been hitting extremely well. We knew she’d run. Her twin fifties make me joyful. It will boost her confidence as she pushes forward, which is fantastic.”