How Jhulan Goswami’s No.1 ranking inspired Smriti Mandhana

first_imgHow Jhulan Goswami’s No.1 ranking inspired Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana said she was inspired by senior India teammate Jhulan Goswami to aspire and become No.1advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 21:13 IST Smriti Mandhana is ranked No. 1 in the world in ODIs (@BCCIWomen Photo)Smriti Mandhana is No.1 in the ICC’s batting charts for women after a sensational 2018. She was on fire in New Zealand where she hit 400 runs from 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. In short, she is the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up.Mandhana slays bowling attacks in style and she does it with a smile. The left-handed batter from Sangli said she was inspired by senior India teammate Jhulan Goswami to aspire and become No.1.Smriti Mandhana spoke exclusively to India Today on a range of topics. Excerpts: Rasesh Mandani: You are fun-loving person off the field but with the bat in hand, you give bowlers a headache.Smriti Mandhana: No, even now when I look at my batting videos, I am always smiling. My teammates tease me and ask why I am always smiling. So often when I meet bowlers from the opposition, off the field, I ask them why they give me such fierce looks when I actually smile at them. They say it’s because I keep bashing us. That feels good to hear. It feels good to contribute to victories.RM: It must also feel good to win all the batting accolades. ICC Player of the Year, ICC ODI player of the year. No.1 in ICC rankings..SM: When Jhulan di (Goswami) became the No.1 bowler in the world, I had read about it in the newspapers. That stuck in my mind and I wanted to become No.1 too. I don’t want to be content just getting there. It motivates you to work harder.advertisementRM: With success comes commercial rewards too. You enjoy doing these ad shoots and brand endorsements now? SM: It’s part of life for an athlete. I don’t enjoy it as much as batting. It was difficult initially but now I am getting used to it. In front of the camera, you do a lot of things that you may not do on the cricket field. It’s good to tie up with Redbull now.RM: Has there been a trigger moment somewhere with your batting. My mind goes back to the 2017 World Cup where you came back after a long injury layoff, had that one big knock against England and then lost your way a little. And then did anything change since, to have this rich run of scores, all over the world? SM: After World Cup 2017, I had six or seven bad innings. That’s when I spoke to a lot of my coaches. Tushar Arothe was India’s coach then. He told me that I should try an open stance. He had been saying it for a long time but I didn’t take it very seriously before. But when you have a lean patch for long that’s when you consider acting on advice. The open stance has helped me a lot and the results have followed. I have also strived to make sure that my batting does not take a hit again.RM: It’s also evident that you have added a number of ariel shots to your game. That’s paid you rich dividends in T20 cricket..SM: When you are chasing 170-180, you can’t continue to bat the same way. You have to try and score at a rate you are not used to. It’s one thing that I was lacking. And sometimes in T20, you can get caught out playing ground strokes. So I have tried to take the ariel route with the same well timed strokes.I have been working on them for the past two or three years and now in the last year-year and a half, it’s finally paying off.It’s also the need of the hour in T20’s, especially in power play. Pick the gaps and play chip shots too. All these shots were not my strength before.RM: But from the team point of view, the middle order is struggling. It was only you and Jemimah Rodrigues who scored amongst the batters. Does that get frustrating? SM: What’s frustrating as a batter is when you are well into 70’s and 80’s and you are not able to finish off games. I can’t think for other batters but what I and Jemimah always talk is when we are in we should try and win more matches for Team India.From the team point of view, there are a lot of things we need to work on, especially in T20 cricket. We have been working on them with our new coach, WV Raman and hopefully in two three months we will start getting there.advertisementWe started well in New Zealand with the bowlers doing a good job, especially the spinners did well in New Zealand. Even in T20’s we looked on course in most games until we would lose our way. So there are areas to address and we are working on them. Raman sir has been really good in last two three months.RM: You have gained quite a bit of experience now. If an opportunity were to arise, do you dream of being an India captain? SM: I am not someone who thinks too far ahead. At the moment the focus is on winning the odi and T20 series against England. It’s always better to live in today rather than thinking about tomorrow.Also Read | Smriti Mandhana retains top spot in ICC Women’s ODI rankingsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jhulan GoswamiFollow no.1 rankingFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Indian women’s cricket teamlast_img read more

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Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas star cancels scheduled gig after onstage

first_imgHe kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with itDarren Fewins Chris Rea “He walked forward to the microphone and he was trying to grab the microphone with his left hand, and it was swinging from side-to-side.”I thought at first there was something wrong with it and he was trying to keep it steady. He then took three or four steps backwards.”Then he just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no-one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump.”He was on his back for about two minutes before they brought the curtain down and then that was it.” Shortly after the incident on Saturday night, Rea was thought to be in a “stable” condition.Darren Fewins, who had been watching the show with his wife, told the Press Association the musician had been on stage for 40 to 45 minutes before he fell backwards.”He was standing by the microphone and he had the guitar in his hand and he kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with it,” the 46-year-old said. He said he is still feeling the effects of the stroke, and added: “I’m fine when I’m sitting down, I’ve just got a little bit of balance – it’s a bit dodgy, just in case anyone thinks I’m drunk on-stage.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Rea’s scheduled concert in Brighton on Sunday will not go ahead following the singer’s collapse on Saturday evening.The Driving Home For Christmas singer had been performing at the New Theatre in Oxford when he fell to the stage mid-song, with one audience member describing him “falling into a clump”.Currently in the midst of his The Road Songs For Lovers live tour, the 66-year-old – who suffered a stroke last year – was scheduled to perform at the Brighton Centre on Sunday, but this has now been cancelled.A spokesman for the singer said: “Unfortunately Chris Rea has had to cancel tonight’s show at Brighton Centre due to illness.”A decision about the outstanding date on his UK tour on 12th December at Bournemouth International Centre will be made in the near future.”The Brighton Centre said in a tweet that “tickets will be refunded at point of purchase”. Another audience member said Rea had been “slurring his words a lot through the song beforehand”.A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said on Saturday night: “We were called at 9.30pm to attend to an incident in George Street in Oxford.”We had an ambulance crew on scene and one patient has now been taken to hospital.”When asked about the condition of the person, she said they were “stable”.The Middlesbrough-born musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had his pancreas removed in 2001, and in 2016 he suffered a stroke.Rea told BBC Breakfast in August: “I had a stroke exactly this time last year, and I stopped smoking this time last year.” Chris Rea, pictured in 1999,  was on his The Road Songs For Lovers live tourCredit: Eleanor Bentalllast_img read more

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