Mandhana stable after being struck on head against South Africa in warm-up game
Smriti Mandhana being attended by team doctor © Getty Images
India's swashbuckling opener Smriti Mandhana has been deemed stable after she was struck on her left ear and lower temple by a bouncer from South Africa's Shabnim Ismail in a World Cup warm-up game in Rangiora on Sunday, February 27.
She was initially declared fit to continue after being assessed by the team doctor but retired hurt an over and a half later on further consultation as the blow caused a mild soft tissue injury to her left earlobe.
She is currently under observation and is being constantly monitored by the team doctor. As a precautionary measure, she was asked not to take the field during South Africa's innings and a decision on her further participation will be taken in due course of time.
The game went right down to the wire as India trumped the Proteas by just two runs. Although largely inconsequential, the game turned out to be highly beneficial for India as their star batter Harmanpreet Kaur scored a ton and looked good throughout the course of her knock.
Previously, Mandhana had missed the larger part of India's recently culminated tour of New Zealand due to Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ). She was seen in action in the fourth and the fifth one-dayer and also scored a half-century in the fifth game.
Mandhana was recently adjudged the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2021) for her astounding performances with the bat across all formats. She has been consistently racking up runs for India and is going to be one of India's biggest hopes leading into the World Cup. India will play their tournament opener against arch-enemies Pakistan at Mount Maunganui on Sunday, March 6.