Sri Lankan cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara said that he felt ‘humbled’ for Indian women’s cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana wonderful performance. Last month in England, the left-handed India’s women’s cricketer Mandhana registered two big innings a century at the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Mandhana, who has scored 106 off 90 balls unbeaten in the first two games of the World Cup, said that it was Sangakkara who motivated her and she would always watch his batting videos to lift up things.
Her wonderful performance made cricket experts to like her batting style with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, however, Smriti exposed it was Sangakkara whom she likes the most.
The 21-year-old Indian women’s opener Smriti said to sportstarlive.com that “Whenever I feel that I am not batting the way I should, I watch videos of Kumar Sangakkara. I like his batting style. I also admire Ganguly, but it is Sangakkara that I relate to. I haven’t really watched Ganguly bat a lot in my young days, while Sangakkara has been an inspiration.”
She is trying to bat like her brother but it was Sangakkara who had the greater impact on her performance style. “I try and play a cover drive like Sangakkara style. But watching Sangakkara’s batting videos gives me a fair bit of idea on how I should improve,” said Smriti.
She added, “I have never met him, though I really want to. Trust me, the day I meet him, I will only talk to him about batting.”
Sri Lankan great legend cricketer Sangakkara wrote to the website that “Please conveys to Smriti my thanks for mentioning my name. I was humbled to have been mentioned by such a wonderful player as she is.”