Indian women cricketer Smriti Mandhana re-joins Western Storm for KIA Super league 2019. The Next edition of KSL will start on August 6. In the last season of KSL, Smriti Mandhana made a huge impact. She scored 421 runs at an average of 60.1 and with a strike rate of 160. She is the number one women ODI player and Vice-captain of India’s t20i team.
“I enjoyed my time with Western Storm last year and I’m looking forward to coming back in 2019. We played some outstanding cricket last year and hopefully, we can go a little further this season and lift the trophy. Everyone involved with Western Storm made me feel so welcome and, if given the opportunity, I was always going to come back,” Mandhana told the team’s website.
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“The culture around the team, from top to bottom, was very good and I know that everyone will be looking for success once again. The squad has a good mix of experienced players plus young players who have a point to prove. I hope that I can score the runs that will help to contribute to a successful year for Western Storm,” she added.
Trevor Griffin, Storm’s head coach, was pleased with the signing.
“Everyone knows what Smriti is capable of and she was absolutely sensational for us last year. Her performances on the field were superb and really set the tone for what we were trying to achieve in each match.”
“It wasn’t just the volume of her runs that was impressive; it was the manner in which they were scored that really caught the eye. She was exceptional off the field as well. Her team ethic and the way in which she goes about her training will no doubt inspire some of our younger players, who will certainly learn from someone like her,” Griffin said.
Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma also joins the Western Storm for the upcoming edition of the KIA super league.