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I never thought that I would experience day-night Test: Smriti Mandhana

May 27, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Indian women's team opener Smriti Mandhana stated that she never thought she would ever experience a day-night Test match. The comments from the southpaw come days after the Indian cricket board declared a maiden pink-ball Day-Night Test for the Indian women's cricket team. The forthcoming historic Test match is going to be a part of India Women's multi-format tour of Australia. The Test match is going to take place from September 30-October 3. 

Smriti Mandhana talked about her excitement of playing the first day-night Test. The left-handed batter stated that she used to be very excited seeing the men's team play the day-night Test and never imagined that she would ever play with the pink ball. Further in the discussion, Smriti also accepted that the day-night is far away, and as of now, her entire focus is on playing the Test match against England. The test match against England is going to start on June 16. Speaking about the England Test, Smriti Mandhana commented that there was excitement in the entire camp when the Indian team got to know about the Test. She further added that all the players are eagerly looking forward to it.

The first pink-ball match was played in 2017 between England and Australia in Sydney

The forthcoming pink-ball match will be the second Day-Night Test in the history of women's cricket. The first match was played in 2017 between England and Australia in Sydney. The pink-ball Test match will be team India's first in Australia since the Adelaide Test in 2006. Australia and India have so far faced each other in 9 Tests. In those matches, Australia has won 4 of them and the other five being drawn. Also, team India will play 2 Test matches in a single year for the first time after 2014. India playing against England starting June 16 will be their first Test since 2014. 

Smriti Mandhana has so far featured in two Tests. The first one came against England in August 2014 and the second against South Africa in Mysore in the same year. The Indian cricket team managed to win both matches – by six wickets and 34 runs – respectively. The forthcoming game against England will be Smriti Mandhana's first Test game in six years.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth