“Mummy, mummy aaj kya hua tuje malum hai (do you know what has happened to-day)…?, Smriti Mandhana’s first call from Australia was to her mother Smita on Wednsday morning.
Smriti, the 20-year-opener is the only player from India picked in the ICC’s Women’s Team of the Year.
The Sangli-based marwari family, though knowing Marathi, speaks Hindi at home.
“Her voice was choked with joy and therefore I was relieved. Otherwise any one would have doubted something wrong if the caller is speaking hastily on phone “, mother, Smita, speaking exclusively over her mobile from Sangli, said.
Smriti (Brisbane) and Harmanpreet Kaur (Sydney) are playing BBL in Australia. “Obviously we are very very excited. We never expected her inclusion in the World’s team”, the mother added.
“She also informed us that no other player from our country is in the team. Smriti’s performance has been good this year”, the mother added.
“Smriti is due to arrive only in the last week of January (her last match of the season is on January 28) and therefore we will celebrate the good news only after her arrival”.
Smriti’s father (Shriniwas) was at work in Sangli and got the news through this reporter.
“Wah Wah…What a fantastic news it is… There can’t be a better news to-day”, he said from Sangli.
It is the first time the ICC has announced the Women’s team of the Year.