Raman working on Mandhana's patience

Raman working on Mandhana's patience

Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has been in terrific form. AFP File Photo

India women's team opener Smriti Mandhana, who is in blazing form, said here on Friday that the team's coach W V Raman has set her targets to bat for a specific number of overs to develop her patience at the crease.

"He (Raman) has been telling me to play 30 overs in ODIs as he knows that if I bat till then, I will continue to bat till the end. And in 20 over games he has been telling me to bat for 13 overs," the 22-year-old Mandhana told PTI.

"He's giving me targets to bat a certain number of balls because strike rate never concerns me, the only problem is the patience aspect. He is helping me with that," said the left-handed batswoman.

Mandhana, asked whether the team was too dependent on her, replied that the perception was not correct.

"No, I don't think so. We have got a lot of match-winners in our team. It is just that sometimes someone goes through a lean patch and you need to cover up for your team-mate. And sometimes that would be the case, if I am not going, the middle-order will look after me (help me).

During last year's women's T20 tri-series, Mandhana had said that she was throwing her wicket away after setting herself in.

Eleven months later, she feels that she has improved 10 per cent on this aspect, but the next aim was to carry on batting till the end of the innings.

"Somewhat, yes, maybe 10 per cent I have improved on that. From 50 to 60s, I have gone to 70s. But I still need to improve. I think it will be good if I come back not out. Hopefully, I can do that against England in the (upcoming) ODI and the T20 series," she said.

"I am really excited (for the England series) and we are playing the ICC Championships and we need six points to be up there. Hopefully, we will all stick together and win the ODI series (against England)," Mandhana remarked.

The ODI series against England starts next Friday and all the three matches in the 50-over rubber will be played at the Wankhede Stadium here.