India lost the 4th ODI at Bengaluru as Aussies put an end to skipper Virat Kohli’s winning streak. Though Kohli missed out on making a captaincy record, he broke AB de Villiers’ record of becoming the fastest captain to score 2,000 ODI runs. The Indian skipper accepted the loss gracefully, mentioning that Australia played better than Team India. After the post-match presentation, Kohli had an informal meeting with Indian women cricket team’s star batters Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. The meeting was not shown in the broadcast but BCCI posted photos of the meeting across social media platforms.
Mandhana and Kaur have not played a single international game since the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. Both the players were in the runner-up team which was led by Mithali Raj and did their bit to take India to the finals against England at Lord’s. Mandhana rose to fame with her hard-hitting batting skills in the World Cup and soon became the national crush, much like the Indian men team’s skipper Kohli.
Mandhana scored a hundred but missed out on another in the initial games of the World Cup. On the other hand, Kaur single-handedly took India to the finals by hitting a tremendous knock of 171 runs which was praised by veteran cricketers from all around the world.
#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli meets @BCCIWomen members @ImHarmanpreet & @mandhana_smriti post the match in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/3sMyl4ZfGD
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 29, 2017
Kaur and Mandhana cheered for India in the fourth ODI which the hosts lost by 21 runs chasing a target of 335 runs. Kaur is the next-in-line to become captain of India’s women’s cricket team after Mithali Raj retires. The 28-year-old is the vice-captain in the longer version of the game and is leading the team in the T20s.
Kaur recently made headlines by walking the ramp while skipper Raj got featured on Vogue’s magazine cover.
India’s men team will be heading to Nagpur to play in a dead rubber match against Australia and aim to restrict the Australians to just one victory.