Injured Smriti Mandhana out of South Africa ODIs

  • Injured Smriti Mandhana out of South Africa ODIs

Injured Smriti Mandhana out of South Africa ODIs

She achieved the feat as she stepped on the field during the first ODI of the three-match series between India and South Africa at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on Wednesday.

Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and Pooja Vastrakar will form the support cast for the Goswami and Shikha Pandey against a Proteas batting lineup that has includes the risky Mignon du Preez.

"The call will be taken after assessment by the physios in the NCA and we'll take it as it comes along".

"It is a mild fracture. It's also an opportunity for the team to give a new player a chance", said Raj. It's hard to fix the timeline either way because she still needs to get an MRI done because there is some swelling and it has to die down for the MRI to be taken. There is some swelling and it has to die down for the MRI to be taken. "So once that is done, an assessment will be done by the head physio at NCA", said WV Raman, Head Coach of the Women in Blue as quoted by The Cricketer.

Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj has become the first woman cricketer to have an worldwide career lasting more than 20 years.

The comeback is always stronger than the setback.

India and South Africa will take on each other for the first ODI on 9 October.

However, Mandhana struggled during the series, scoring 21, 13, 7 and 5 in her four innings.

The onus will be on veterans like Raj and Jhulan Goswami to guide the team with their experience. Young Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur will have a lot more responsibility in supporting their captain especially with Mandhana out of action.

The Proteas will be brimming with confidence after registering a 105-run victory in the sixth and final T20.

While the South African's too have had their problems with the bat, Sune Luus and du Preez are the two on whom they're likely to depend on majorly.