Smriti Mandhana and injured Harmanpreet Kaur would be returning to India and will play no further part in The Hundred.
Smriti Mandhana will be flying back so she can spend time with her family before India’s Australia tour. She said, “I would love to be able to stay with the team until the final but we’ve been away from home for a long time with more tours ahead.”
She further added, ” I’ll be watching the team at Lord’s and hoping they can continue our good form. It’s been a fantastic competition to be involved in and I’ve really enjoyed it.” India Women’s tour is going to be in Australia next month. Ireland’s Gaby Lewis will be replacing Smriti Mandhana in the Hundred.
Mandhana hit a 52-ball 78 run for Southern Brave in the team’s victory over Welsh Fire on Wednesday which has been her personal best in the tournament so far. These were also her final innings from the seven innings that she played in the championship. She scored 167 runs cumulatively. Her strike rate has been 133.60.
Harmanpreet Kaur suffered a quad injury. Kaur has played three innings and has scored an overall of 104 runs. Her strike rate has been 109.47.
Last month, Harmanpreet Kaur had opened about her poor form and said her lack of preparation and getting infected with COVID-19 impacted her batting. She added, “In international cricket, you just cannot come in (after a break) and hope to get things (right straightaway). After five innings (on this tour), I know the areas that I have to work on.”
Other Indian cricketers playing in the Hundred in different teams are – playing for Birmingham Phoenix, Shefali Verma, Deepti Sharma in London Spirit and Jemimah Rodrigues who is playing for Northern Superchargers. Rodrigues is credited to be the tournament’s top run-getter at the moment.
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