Star India opener Smriti Mandhana has been cleared to continue playing at the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand after taking a blow to the head during the team’s first warm-up fixture against South Africa.
Mandhana was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the head by a Shabnim Ismail bouncer during her team’s first warm-up game which India won by two runs. According to an ICC report, the 25-year-old was assessed by the team doctor following the incident and was originally declared fit to continue, only to retire hurt an over and a half later after another consultation.
The report further states that the left-hander showed no symptoms of concussion at the time, according to the medical staff, nor experienced delayed effects from the injury.
The stylish batter looked in fine fettle while scoring her 20th half-century in the previous ODI against New Zealand before the upcoming 50-over showpiece.
Mandhana has so far scored 2461 runs in 64 ODIs, including four centuries.
India are scheduled to play another warm-up, against the West Indies, before beginning their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on March 6.
In the warm-up against South Africa, India posted 244 for 9 after a century from Harmanpreet Kaur and Yastika Bhatia’s 58.
Suné Elbie Luus and Laura Wolvaardt made half-centuries for South Africa but they couldn’t get the team across the line, as left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked up 4 for 46 in 10 overs.