Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sydney Thunder sign Mandhana, Deepti. While Mandhana has had previously stints with Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL, Deepti is set to feature for the first time in the Australian T20 league
While Mandhana has had previously stints with Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL, Deepti is set to feature for the first time in the Australian T20 league
The Indian duo of Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma has been signed as replacement players by Sydney Thunder for the upcoming season of the Women's Big Bash League. Incidentally, the English duo of Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont was unavailable for the upcoming edition of the WBBL.
While Mandhana, the Indian southpaw, had previously played for Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL, Deepti is set to feature for the first time in the Australian T20 league. She had a fairly good outing with London Spirits in the recently-concluded inaugural season of The Hundred, where she returned 10 wickets at an economy rate of 5.26.
The duo had previously played together as a part of Western Storm team in the now-defunct Kia Super League in 2019. Trevor Griffin, the head coach of Thunder, who had also previously worked with the pair at Storm, said, “While it's disappointing not to be able to have Heather back, if you could choose any replacement for her it would be Deepti – she's also a star. She offers a lot with the bat – Deepti is a match-winner – and she also has the talent to bowl in the powerplay, during the middle of a match, or at the death.
“Smriti is an opening batter who has the tremendous ability to take everything in her stride. I like that she keeps her game really simple; she just wants to score runs. I'm delighted to have her on board, and I have no doubt that she'll prove to be a great addition to Thunder.”
Speaking of the opportunity, Mandhana said, “Playing in overseas leagues gives you a lot of experience, especially in the T20 format,” Mandhana said. “Then, of course, you exchange so much experience with each other… with all the players from over the world… so you get to learn a lot. Rather than ‘pressure', I always look at it as an opportunity to learn, and to get used to that pressure because it only builds when you play international cricket.”
Deepti added that the WBBL experience will prove to be a critical step forward. “This is my first time [in the WBBL], so I'm excited,” Sharma said. “I've had offers before, but I couldn't play at the time because at the time we had [an international] series.