Indian opener Smriti Mandana was conferred with the Arjuna Award on Tuesday by the Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju in a ceremony held in Delhi. The southpaw had missed the award function last year owning to the international commitments.

After being awarded the ODI Player of The Year by ICC, this is yet another feather in the cap for the talented batsman. Smriti has already registered 1951 runs in the format at a splendid average of 42.41.

After a memorable session that saw the 22-year old reach the top of the ODI ranking, Madhana is looking forward to the upcoming cricketing season that starts in September as the South Africa series approaches.

Speaking about her batting she said, “I and coach Raman Sir have been discussing quite a bit about my game. How can I become more consistence in T20 cricket, how can I add more power to my game. I still feel I need to improve on that front.”


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