India opener Smriti Mandhana has said that the team’s 2017 World Cup win over Australia is not in their mind right now, as the upcoming match will be a fresh one for the squad. Tahlia McGrath had stated before that the defeat to India in 2017 had reshaped their values. However, Head Coach Matthew Mott had said that the disappointment of that loss has faded out with time. Mandhana revealed that the team is taking inspiration from their tour to Australia in the latter half of last year. Team India had narrowly lost that series, but they had put pretty impressive performance, showing the team’s character.
Australia have so far displayed why they were called the tournament favorites even before the tournament started. They have won all of their fixtures till now quite clinically. India, on the other hand, haven’t been up to the mark. They have lost two and won two from the four matches they have played. Their batting department has been quite inconsistent and it’s mostly the bowlers who could be termed as ‘reliable’.
Mandhana reveals team is drawing inspiration from the 2021 tour of Australia
“We all know, everyone knows, what has happened in 2017 but I think it’s better that we don’t really think about it. It’s going to be a fresh day [tomorrow],” Mandhana said. “More than 2017, we definitely had a word about how we went about in the series against Australia when we were touring Australia [last year] and the kind of cricket we played there and the kind of bowling we did there. So that’s something which we have had discussions around. And that’s something which has given a lot of confidence to all the players because we have done well in the recent past against them.
“Definitely we couldn’t win the series. [The] Second match also we almost won against them, so it would have been like a series win. So that’s kind of the brand of cricket we wanted to play and we played there so that’s something which has definitely motivated all the girls to go out there and perform the same way.”