New Delhi. Indian team opener Smriti Mandhana was carrying the pink ball used in the Day-Night Test in her kit bag for the last 3 months. Mandhana did not get much opportunity to practice with the pink ball but she definitely got the benefit of introduction. He has scored an unbeaten 80 on the first day of the historic Day-Night Test against Australia. Mandhana scored the highest score of her Test career, taking the Indian women’s team to 132 for one wicket.
After the end of the first day’s play, Mandhana said, “We have only practiced with the pink ball in two seasons. I came after playing in Hundred (England) and I didn’t get much chance to play with pink ball but during Hundred I ordered pink Kookaburra ball. I kept him in my room because I knew we would be playing a day-night Test match and that’s why I wanted to understand him by looking at the ball.
He said, “I didn’t really bat with it. I batted with it only in two seasons but for the last two-and-a-half-three months the pink ball was in my kit bag. I don’t know why I kept it. I expected to get time for practice but it did not happen.” Regarding the preparations for the Test match being played with the pink ball, Mandhana said, “I don’t think we got much time to work on it. We’re just trying. People sitting outside kept my enthusiasm throughout the day. He helped.”
The Indian opener said that he played his shots only by assessing the ball well. She said, “I did not want to see the score board and I tried to play with an open mind. After assessing the ball, he played it accordingly. I didn’t really strategize.
Mandhana is not even thinking about a century. She is only focusing on staying at the crease and helping the team reach a strong score. She said, “Right now I am not thinking of a century. It is important for the team right now that I stay at the crease. My focus is only on playing him well on the ball.”