CWG Cricket 2022: While Women’s Cricket has been added to the Commonwealth Games this season, swashbuckling India opener Smriti Mandhana said they will aim for gold instead of a podium finish as well. However, India will open their account against Australia on July 29. Moreover, Mandhana refused to call the five-time T20 world cup winner a big team. Discover more best sports betting sites in India that are top-rated in the market and it has an amazing live betting platform. Have fun at home!

Smriti Mandhana has also said that they have their plans in place for each team as well.

“We have played them (Australia) in the openers in quite a lot of tournaments. In a T20 tournament, any team can beat any team. I wouldn’t term Australia as a big team and make them feel good about that. Definitely, in our heads, Australia, Pakistan and Barbados matches are important. We will go as they come and will look to win all of them,” Smriti Mandhana said during a virtual media interaction on the eve of the team’s departure for the UK.

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Notably, India lost to Australia in their last T20 World Cup final. India, though, will enter the Birmingham CWG after winning the T20I and ODI series in Sri Lanka recently, and Smriti Mandhana said that their preparations have been really good and she hopes it will lead them to the medal as well.

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CWG Cricket 2022: Smriti Mandhana is inspired by Neeraj Chopra

However, Smriti Mandhana has said that javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics last year gave her goosebumps, and they will look to take inspiration from that when they play in their first multi-sport event.

“We all have watched the Olympics and the CWG, when the Indian flag goes high and we hear the National Anthem, we know the kind of feeling it evokes. Definitely we are aiming for the gold. I don’t think we will just look for a podium finish because when the flag goes higher, and the National Anthem is played, that’s the best feeling you have. I literally got goosebumps when Neeraj got the gold at the Tokyo Olympics. We have an opportunity to be there, try and do that — of course not for the Olympics but for CWG. So, we all are really excited. It’s something very new for me and also the whole team, we never experienced a multi-sport event,” she further added.

However, eight teams will compete for the top honors across 16 games at Edgbaston and Team India are grouped with Australia, Pakistan, and Barbados in Group A. Meanwhile, Group B will feature England, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka as well. The two teams will make the semi-finals and all the medal rounds will take place on August 7. And, Smriti Mandhana said that they are looking to win every match and they have their plans ready for the three teams as well.

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