Smriti Mandhana has been something of a revelation in Indian cricket ever since her debut back in 2013. Mandhana represented the Brisbane Heat in the second edition of the Women’s Big Bash League and is currently playing for the Western Storms in the Women’s Cricket Super League in United Kingdom.While she had a decent outing in Australia for the Heats, Mandhana has set the KSL on fire for the Storms.Mandhana smashed 387 runs in seven innings at an average of 77.40, and a strike rate of 185.16 for the Storms.This includes a 60-ball hundred and two fifties, one of which was the fastest in women’s T20 cricket.”I didn’t expect to bat this well in this tournament. I always wanted to come to this tournament to learn a few things that would help me in the T20 World Cup. But yeah, the first T20 century is always special,” she told BCCI in an interview.SPECIAL: The very stylish @mandhana_smriti speaks about her maiden T20 ton, what T20 leagues have taught her and how she has her eyes set on the Women’s T20 World Cup – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link —> https://t.co/iqd8b865Am pic.twitter.com/qVCNkfIbitBCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2018″More than the scores, the way I have been timing the ball in the nets and in the matches is really pleasing. I hope I continue this form in the World Cup.”READ – Smriti Mandhana credits Women’s Cricket Super League, WBBL for T20 successadvertisementShe also smashed an 18-ball fifty against the Loughborough Lightning to be joint top with New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, who had slammed a half-century off 18 balls against India. She has already smashed the most number of sixes – 21 – in the tournament’s history.Mandhana is also on top of the charts for highest average and highest strike rate, and has hit the only century of the competition so far.READ – Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western StormBut for Mandhana the WCSL is only a pit stop on her way to a larger goal – the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.”When I got this offer from Trevor (Griffin), our coach, the only thing which I was keen was that the World Cup is coming, I didn’t take even, maybe a day to say yes to him, because I was really keen to play this league,” she said.”I’ll be playing the same bowlers in the World Cup, and to play them beforehand would be a really big thing and I will also be able to tell all my teammates how they are bowling, and what they are strategising. That was a really big bonus for me.”READ – Smriti Mandhana smashes first hundred of Women’s Cricket Super League 2018″Heather Knight, Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, along with the other England girls, and Stafanie Taylor as well, from the West Indies. So I have been picking her brain as well – how the wickets will be in the West Indies, what the weather will be, so that I can understand the conditions. It’s been really good interactions with them,” said Mandhana.”I have had one or two lessons with Wilson about reverse sweep, because that’s one thing which I don’t really play, and I am really keen to learn, because you never know in T20 cricket, you have to use one someday. So really good interactions and good friends also. Maybe one day it will help me play better against some international teams.”She also revealed that her meeting with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is her inspiration when it comes to batting.”I was a huge fan of him (Sangakkara) from when I started watching cricket on TV. Whenever I don’t feel good about my batting, I go back and watch his clips,” she said.”He was doing commentary on our game. So I asked him, ‘Did you feel anything wrong in my batting, which I can improve on?'”He was like, ‘You are in very good touch. If you think too much about it, you won’t bat the way you are. So just go out there, the way you are batting, I don’t think there’s anything there.’advertisement”That was something really good to know from a legend like Sangakkara sir that he likes my batting and my drives. That was a really good confidence-booster for me,” said Mandhana.Prior to the WCSL, there was the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, where a knee injury hurt Mandhana’s aspirations.She found other ways to make the most of the opportunity, though.”As Indians you are not used to staying alone, doing your own work, doing your washing, cooking for yourself that is something that improves you as a human being,” she said.”It makes you a bit more mature.”Mandhana’s next fixture is against Loughborough Lighting, followed by the game against Surrey Stars, and then on to the big day. If she can keep her form going, Storm will be a cinch to defend the title they won last season.