Opener Smriti Mandhana bettered her own record of scoring the fastest fifty for India in the shortest format, reaching the 50-run mark in only 24 balls (previous best being 25) against Newzealand. However, team India lost the match. After the match, Smriti spoke about her jersey No. 18 which is also worn by men's team captain Virat Kohli. as the batswoman revealed it wasn't her first choice.
Mandhana made her debut on Chahal TV on Wednesday after becoming the No. 1 ODI batter in women's cricket. The batswoman revealed that her first choice was No. 7 – a number that MS Dhoni wears in the Indian team – but since it was unavailable, she took up No. 18 after being advised by the team manager. Mandhana said, "I wanted number 7 on the back of my jersey. My roll number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas sir, our team manager, then suggested me to take 18 . I knew it only a couple of years ago that Virat also has been playing with 18 on the back of his jersey.”
Meanwhile, Both Men and woman Indian cricket team have loist their first T20I match against team newzealnd. Now, they are looking forward to make a comeback in the second match.