Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

There's a raw, almost untamed, honesty to Smriti Mandhana. It comes through in every facet of her being. But it's more than just a case of 'what you see is what you get'.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

There's a genuineness to this innate sincerity, regardless of whether she's on the field or off it, that makes you appreciate it more.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

It certainly came to the fore when she spoke to the media at the end of a frustrating, weather-affected opening day of the pink-ball Test.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

She'd been the biggest positive on either side, having scored an unbeaten 80 in between all the rain and lightning breaks.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

And Mandhana wasn't holding back on whatever her view was sought on about the goings on at the Metricon Stadium.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

Ask if the Aussies had bowled too short with the new-ball on a pitch where they could have been fuller, she says that they should have stuck to the length they'd bowled to her in the ODIs.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

When the tempo of her innings, especially the rapid rate at which she kicked off, gets brought up, she smiles and goes, "I didn't look like I had a tempo did I?"

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

Tell her that she didn't look too chuffed with her own batting during the two days of training before the Test, the 25-year-old throws you a quizzical look.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

She then insists in fact to have felt too good about it to even want to practice much.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

That honesty reflects in her batting too. There's a tinge of nonchalance to it.

Smriti mandhana: Face of Indian women's cricket

This is what makes Smriti so special and liked by all of the cricketing community.