Indian Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma sign with Sydney Thunder
Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma were signed by defending champions Sydney Thunder ahead of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL 2021). The Indian duo replace the English Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont who had withdrawn from the team for the tour planned in England in Pakistan, which is now canceled.
In an official team statement, coach Trevor Griffin said the Sydney Thunder’s title defense received an “extra edge” with the Indian superstars. The coach called Mandhana “world class”, saying she had a tremendous ability to do it all in her stride.
“She’s world class,” said Griffin of the 2018 ICC Female Cricketer of the Year. “Smriti is an opening hitter who has the tremendous ability to take it all in her stride.” “I like that she keeps her game really simple; she just wants to score points. I’m delighted to have her on board, and I have no doubt that she will prove to be a great addition to Thunder,” he said in an official statement.
As for Deepti Sharma, manager Griffin was hopeful the 24-year-old could fill the void left by England skipper Heather Knight. “She offers a lot with the bat – Deepti is a match winner – and she also has the talent to play on the power play, in the middle of a game or on death. Deepti is a great addition to the Thunder, and I have no doubt that she will go a long way in helping us in this year’s competition, ”he said.
Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma posted promising records in their recent streak. Mandhana previously played in the WBBL with Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes. In contrast, for Sharma this is her first WWBL but she has experience in domestic T20 leagues such as the Hundred.
WBBL 2021 Calendar
According to the original WBBL matches, the league will have its generally 59 match format and invite fans from across the country to subways and regional venues in all six states. While season six of WBBL has been played entirely at a biosecure hub in Sydney amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it will revert to its national festival-based structure. The Finals series matches will be played on November 23-24.