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Cricket star Smriti Mandhana opens up about family, food and missing home

Smriti Mandhana has lit up the Kia Super League this season Photo: ITV News Westcountry

Cricketing superstar Smriti Mandhana says she is living her parents' dream by becoming one of the best players in the world.

In a candid interview with ITV Westcountry, the Western Storm opener shared her thoughts about her sparkling run of form, and said she is enjoying her stay in the UK.

If you score and hundred and the team doesn't win, it doesn't give you that much joy. The ultimate goal is that the team wins. If I get out on 20 or 30 and we win the match, that gives me more joy than scoring a century and losing the match.

– Smriti Mandhana
Smriti says she owes her success to her parents Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It was my father and mother's dream that I should be playing for India and playing well. It was more about living their dream, my father always wanted to be a cricketer but he never got that kind of support from his parents, so he wanted to give all that support to me and my brother. They are always excited if I'm playing a match.

– Smriti Mandhana
Smriti says she would rather get a low score and win than get a century and lose Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Smrit, the first Indian player in the Kia Super League, is now the tournament's highest run scorer in a single season, going past Stefanie Taylor’s record of 289 runs, set in 2016.

Western Storm are looking to defend the title they won in 2017.

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