Not often do you see the ball go out of the park in women’s cricket but Smriti Mandhana is all about proving the customs wrong. The southpaw has made a reputation for herself smashing bowlers all over the park across the world, rightly earning the Best Women’s International Cricketer award from the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2018.
Usually the one to sleep through road journeys and not go out to party while on tour, to our pleasant surprise Smriti knew a thing or two about Birmingham. And in this exclusive interview with OT, the prodigy spills some secrets about the United Kingdom’s Second City.
“Whenever we have some time to ourselves I prefer to go back to my room and hit the bed. Even while travelling on a bus, I put on my sleeping hood and take a nap. You have asked a wrong person to talk about a city. But I fancy Birmingham so I will try my best to remember things and share it with you. But no promises,” Smriti said with a smile.
Where to eat
“Every time you are on a tour you miss Indian food. So while in Birmingham, I visit Opheem, a fine dine restaurant owned by celebrity chef Aktar Islam. Located on Summer Row the restaurant is as close to home as you can get. The patagobhi Punjab and wild mushroom pulao satisfies my Indian taste buds. Opheem also has some amazing desserts to end your meals with. Apart from Opheem, I would ask the fans to visit Shere Khan located on the Watson Road and Viceroy Tandoori on Icknield Street for some mouth watering traditional Indian or sub-continental food.
What to do
“Go to Linden Rd and walk into Cadbury World for some exquisite chocolates. They offer attractions such as: watch your chocolate be made, get your hands dirty and make some chocolates on your own and also a chance to dine with Cadbury characters.
Where to shop
Like I said before, I don’t go shopping much but if I do get the time, I visit the Bullring & Grand Central for my shopping cravings. The Bullring & Grand central is ‘the’ shopping destination in Birmingham. You will find high-end showrooms, some fine dine restaurants and the other good thing about the place is that, they have some or the other festival going on throughout the year. If you are a student, you get year-round discount at the mall.
What to see
I would suggest one to book a cab or take a bus from Birmingham and visit the coastline in Cornwall. Located in the southern part of the country, Cornwall has a coastline of over 400 miles. It has a lot of tourist attractions. Do make a pit-stop at the Kynance Cove and the Minack Theatre in Cornwall for the sheer beauty it has to offer. I would also recommend the fans to visit the Latin Quarter in Manchester and take a tour of the Universal Studios near London.
India play Bangladesh on July 2 at the Edgbaston, Birmingham.