Just days after India’s women's cricket captain Mithali Raj shut down a reporter asking who her favourite male cricketer was, it was Virender Sehwag who had to correct a Twitter user over his comparison of dashing India opener Smriti Mandhana to him.
While Mandhana fell for just two runs in Sunday’s match against arch-rivals Pakistan, she has made waves in the ongoing Women’s World Cup with scores of 90 off 72 balls against England and an unbeaten 106 against the West Indies.
It was perhaps these string of performances and the way she bats that led a Twitter user to compare the female cricketer, rather unfavourably, to Sehwag.
— SPYder (@UrstrulyBharat_) June 30, 2017
However, the former India cricketer, who has made a name for himself in recent months for his quick-witted tweets on the social networking site, was quick to downplay comparisons with a smart reply.
She is the first version of Smriti and is really special. Every Indian who loves sports will be proud of her. Wish her and the team the best https://t.co/RrjavFVLc0
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 30, 2017
Mandhana's batting has led news outlets to compare her to other explosive left-handers in the men's game like Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly.