'Carried A Pink Ball For Last Three Months, Don't Know Why', Says Smriti Mandhana

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The opener headlined a rain-hit Day 1 with a career-best knock of unbeaten 80 as the Indian women finished on 132/1. It was her third Test fifty.
India women's opener Smriti Mandhana familiarised herself with the pink ball by keeping one in her kit bag for the last three months, looking at it on and off while trying to 'understand' it. When the idea struck her, little did Mandhana know that her team would enter it's first-ever day-night Test match with just two days of training sessions with the pink ball. (More Cricket News)

The idea to keep the coloured ball around her worked well for the stylish player, who was batting on a sublime 80 when inclement weather brought an early end to the opening day of their historic Test, against a formidable Australian side here.

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"We just had two sessions with pink ball. I was coming from the Hundred (in England) so I didn't really get much time to play with pink ball, but during Hundred, I just ordered a pink kookaburra ball, just to keep it in my room because I knew that there is going to be a Test match, so that I can just look at the ball and understand.

"I have actually not batted, I batted for just two sessions but the pink ball was there in my kit bag for last two and half, three months. I don't know why did I carry it, I thought I will have a session but I really didn't get time to do that," Mandhana said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.

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