Smriti Mandhana defended her captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, by asserting that at the post-game presentation, she remained silent in regards to the captain of Bangladesh.
Vice-captain of the India women’s team Smriti Mandhana did a fantastic job of being composed and collected at the press conference following the thrilling draw in the third ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, and her actions during the game as well as her vehement remarks against the umpiring standards throughout the series were the subjects of a barrage of inquiries for Mandhana. After being given out during India’s chase in the series-deciding game, Harmanpreet Kaur used her bat to smash the stumps down. The India skipper was spotted pointing fingers at the umpire and muttering something after smashing the stumps, indicating her displeasure with the outcome.
Mandhana noted that Harmanpreet’s act was carried out in the “heat of the moment,” albeit she acknowledged that it was perhaps not the ideal course of action in light of the game’s spirit.
“Both sides displayed excellent cricket. What took place in the midst is inherent to the game. Since we frequently watch men’s cricket, you are probably aware that similar situations occurring in women’s cricket are common. She wasn’t too pleased with the decision made because, when you want to play for India, you always want to win. She thought she had been abandoned, thus her outburst was a result of that.
“I wouldn’t say that is acceptable from the spirit of the game knowing Harman as a person and how much she wants to win, but it may happen. However, these things do occur when you genuinely want to win for India, Mandhana remarked in the post-match presentation following the third ODI, which ended in a stalemate because India’s lower order crumbled when chasing 225.
Mandhana was questioned by the reporters on Hamanpreet’s remarks during the post-game presentation. The on-field umpires, Muhammad Kamruzzaman and Tanvir Ahmed, who are both locals, received criticism from the India captain for their “pathetic” officiating.
“They (Bangladesh) batted really well, batted appropriately,” Harmanpreet remarked. The singles that were most important were being taken by them. We scored a few runs in between, but while we were batting, we had complete control of the game. However, as I already indicated, the umpiring was appalling.
Harmanpreet stated, “We are pretty dissatisfied in some of the umpires’ rulings.
Harmanpreet Kaur is accused of treating the Bangladeshi captain and teammates with disdain during the post-game presentation.
In addition, the Bangladeshi media charged Harmanpreet Kaur with disrespecting Nigar Sultana Joty, the captain of Bangladesh, before the group photos. According to rumours that have been circulating in the Bangladeshi media, Harmanpreet requested that the umpires be called in for the team photo before they posed for it following the post-match presentation because they were responsible for the shared trophy.
Mandhana defended her skipper by asserting that Harmanpreet made no remarks to the captain of Bangladesh.
“I don’t believe that (she stated). You’ve said it already. She didn’t, in my opinion, make any remarks about the Bangladesh skipper. According to what I overheard, think mentioned umpiring briefly. She may not have mentioned the Bangladeshi players at all.
“We shouldn’t discuss events that did not occur during the game. Let’s not discuss what transpired after the post-match presentation as it was not captured on video at the post-match, continued Mandhana.
Sanctions from the ICC are probably coming as a result of Harmanpreet’s behaviour and remarks. “We have no authority to impose a restriction or do anything. An ICC panel will make those decisions.
After Bangladesh scored their highest score in the 50-over format against India, scoring 225/4 batting first with Fargana Hoque (107) achieving the first-ever ODI century for her nation, India were bowled out for 225 in 49.3 overs.
Smriti Mandhana, the top-scoring Indian opener, produced 59, while middle-order batsman Harleen Deol made 77, but India’s collapse from 191 for four to 225 all out resulted in a 1-1 tie in the three-match ODI series as they lost the last six wickets for just 34 runs.