Smriti Mandhana to become first Indian to play in Kia Super League

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New Delhi, June 15: Indian Women’s Cricket team opener, Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in England’s Kia Super T20 League beginning 22 July.

Smriti was signed by defending champions Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.

The 21-year-old India opener has scored over 826 runs with the highest score of 76 in the 40 T20Is that she has played so far.

Mandhana has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Last month, she captained the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off exhibition game organised by the BCCI.

After securing her signing, Head Coach of the Western Storm Trevor Griffin said, “We are really excited that Smriti will be joining us. She is one of the brightest young talents in the game at the moment. Although she is still young, she has a great deal of experience of the game at the highest level and we believe that she will prove to be an excellent signing.”

Looking forward to the new challenge, Storm website quoted Mandhana as saying ,”I am very excited to be playing for the Kia Super League champions. To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success.”

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