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Smriti Mandhana feels it is ‘easier to calculate the innings’ when batting second

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Indian girls workforce star batter Smriti Mandhana on Thursday said it is “easier to calculate an innings” when a side is batting second with a aim to achieve.

India is in the mean time engaged in a five-match ODI assortment in the direction of South Africa and inside the second match, Mandhana had scored an unbeaten 80 to help her side to a nine-wicket victory.

“Whenever I go out to bat, I just have one target, and that is to make India win the match. And that’s the only thing I keep thinking about,” Mandhana said all through a pre-match press conference.

“When they (opponents) have run on the board, it is less complicated to calculate your innings. Not that I like batting first or second.

“I like batting in any given conditions. Just to win the match for India is something I keep thinking about whether we are batting first or second,” she added.

With her knock inside the earlier match, Mandhana turned the first participant to achieve 10 consecutive 50s in ODI run chases nonetheless on the eve of the third ODI, the cricketer said she was not acutely aware of it.

“I got to know after the second ODI that I was the first to achieve the feat…”

The win inside the ultimate match helped India stage the gathering at 1-1 after shedding the opener proper right here.

Asked about her mindset whereas batting, she said she tries to keep up points straightforward and by no means suppose an extreme quantity of.

“I don’t think much about pressure. Whenever I think before the match I end up not doing as good as I can. So I try to keep things simple and not allow too many thoughts…,” she added.

When requested if the Indian girls’ workforce wished a psychological conditioning coach going forward, Mandhana said it’d positively help.

“Well, at the moment the women are in a superb home. First of all we now have come once more after a protracted break and everybody appears to be up to date and needs to play. But, positively, a psychological conditioning coach or a mentor may be good for plenty of the women.

“And, definitely, the BCCI is looking into it and we will have something going into the World Cup,” she added.

About skipper Mithali Raj, who’s on the cusp of scoring 10,000 worldwide runs, Mandhana said, “Getting to 10,000 runs is an enormous issue. She is the first Indian to do that I really feel and it reveals how fixed she has been all via her occupation.

“We have looked up to her… definitely a very proud feeling for all of us in the team.”

Asked if it was very important to focus on singles firstly of an innings, she said as a batter one should be calculative.

“I really feel singles, doubles, fours, sixes all are very important, as a batter it’s decided by which bowler you are going via. You ought to be very calculative as a batter.

“I just try to play according to the ball. That’s the only mindset I have, nothing like I have to score singles, fours or sixes against anyone,” she said.

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