Team needs to be left alone, time to introspect, says Smriti Mandhana
By: PTI | Melbourne |

Updated: March 8, 2020 8:38:23 pm


Smriti Mandhana scored 11 within the ultimate. (Source: AP Photo)

Senior India participant Smriti Mandhana referred to as for the group to be left alone after its 85-run mauling by Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final right here on Sunday.

Unbeaten all through the match, India have been outplayed in all departments of the sport by the defending champions, who clinched their fifth world title within the shortest format.

“This is a time to introspect. Failure teaches you a lot more than success. The team needs to be left alone and think of how we can be better in the next few years,” Mandhana mentioned after the match.

A sluggish begin with the ball and within the subject undermined India’s makes an attempt to overhaul the defending champions in their very own yard with the help of a 86,174 crowd on the iconic MCG.

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Mandhana believed India are a remodeled group within the shortest format, and she or he attributed it to head coach WV Raman.

“T20 was never our best format, one-day was definitely the preferred format. Now we’re playing each format equally well. That is one thing the coach has helped us with and we’ve developed massively,” she mentioned.

“The youngsters coming in have totally changed the set-up and the best part of the tournament was it was a complete team performance. That’s one thing Raman has done — developing us as a team not just one or two players. Today, it didn’t work out but we’ve grown as a team, not just as one or two players.”

Mandhana’s disappointing T20 World Cup — that noticed her handle a prime rating of 17 in 4 innings — continued as India sunk to 99 all out.

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She additionally revealed she instructed a tearful Shafali Verma to be “really proud” of her performances regardless of a devastating ultimate. Teen sensation Verma was distraught after getting out for 2 with the bat and drooping Alyssa Healy on 9.

“Shafali and I were standing together when we were receiving our medals. She was in tears. I told her she had to be really proud of the kind of campaign she’d had. When I played my first World Cup at the age of 16, I couldn’t hit the ball 20 per cent of what she can hit,” mentioned Mandhana.

“She has to be really proud of the way she played, but she was upset with the way she got out. She’s thinking already how she can be better. She should be left alone, that’s the most I can tell her.”

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