Southern Brave batter Smriti Mandhana Manchester Originals player Harmanpreet Kaur have pulled out of the ongoing The Hundred 2021 tournament. Smriti Mandhana cited personal reasons for withdrawing from the tournament, while Harmanpreet Kaur was forced to miss out on the remaining matches owing to her quad injury.
Mandhana will be returning home to spend time with her family before India’s tour of Australia. Consequently, she will miss out on the Southern Brave’s last group match and the Women’s Hundred 2021 Final after featuring in all the seven matches so far in the tournament.
“I would love to be able to stay with the team until the final but we’ve been away from home for a long time with more tours ahead,” Mandhana said in a statement. “I’ll be watching the team at Lord’s and hoping they can continue our good form. It’s been a fantastic competition to be involved in and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
The Brave has named Ireland’s Gaby Lewis as a replacement for Mandhana in the last two games of The Hundred tournament. on the other hand, the Originals are yet to name a replacement for Kaur.
Mandhana registered two fifties in the games she played for the Brave so far. She amassed 167 runs in seven innings at an average of 27.83, with her best score being 78 runs laced with seven fours and three sixes in a match against Welsh Fire. She was named the Player of the Match for her phenomenal performance in the match, which helped the Brave win the game by 39 runs.
Mandhana’s compatriot Harmanpreet Kaur was playing in a consistent form. She aggregated 104 runs from three innings in playing for the Originals, registering scores 29, 49*, and 26 before getting sidelined due to injury.
In the tournament standings, Mandhana’s team Southern Brave is reigning at the top while Kaur’s Manchester Originals is languishing at the bottom of the table.
The other Indian players featuring in the inaugural The Hundred tournament include Shafali Verma (Birmingham Phoenix), Deepti Sharma (London Spirit) and the tournament’s top run-getter at the moment, Jemimah Rodrigues (Northern Superchargers).
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