Cricketer Smriti Mandhana scripted story becoming the first Indian woman to score a century in a pink ball test as she faced Australia on Friday. As fans cheered for his formidable innings, it was the reaction of colleague Harleen Kaur Deol, dedicating a classic Hindi song to him, that stole the show online.
Mandhana received praise online when she played a 127-point shot against the host. The 25-year-old, who didn’t turn 80 overnight, kept her cool to reach the day two milestone in Carrara, Queensland.
As her team on and off the pitch praised, Deol took to Twitter and shared a photo of Mandhana – showing off her tousled hair – as she raised her bat to celebrate the ton, with the caption: “Alexa please play, ‘Oh haseena zulfo vali !!!’”
– Harleen Kaur Deol (@imharleenDeol) October 1, 2021
Shortly after Deol’s reference to Mohammad Rafi’s iconic song, Mandhana posted a sassy response. Playing the game, she also summoned Alexa, asking the AI device to “mute” her teammate.
Alexa please put @imharleenDeol muted https://t.co/szmExAFOZg
– Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti) October 1, 2021
Netizens simply loved the friendly banter between the two cricketers, although some kind souls heeded Deol’s request and added music to Mandhana’s images. “I serenade you with this song right away, queen!” Amazon Alexa, India also rang.
Serene you with this song right away, queen! ??
– Amazon Alexa India (@AmazonAlexaIN) October 2, 2021
Ab to ho gya pic.twitter.com/zSA4KL64xw
– Gargi Arya (@ GargiAr00042708) October 1, 2021
– Ravinder Kumar (@ Ravinde61631575) October 1, 2021
– inkeshthakur_ (@inkeshthakur_) October 1, 2021
The two ladies play cool from floor to floor #Twitter. Good show! Always be sporty.
– Manish Sharma ॐ 🙏 हर हर महादेव 🙏 (@loginmanish) October 2, 2021
Superb. Continue to enjoy life as much as cricket. Indian cricket admires you. Such style, on and off the pitch. Your cover readers are awesome.
– T Gopalakrishnan (@ teegeekay62) October 2, 2021
I just watched the highlights on Sonyliv. Classy elegance @mandhana_smriti Me and my 9 year old daughter loved the stick. God bless you and give you the strength to play more such innings
– sujith menon cn (@suzzitt) October 2, 2021
Alexa Please play: jabra Fan
National favorite 😍🔥
Keep shining..Ohh haseen Zulfo wali #SmritiMandhana
– 💛V Ꭵ ŞĦ ~ † êåm êllðw💛 (@ imVish37) October 1, 2021
Jane Janha… ..Dhoondhti hai kaatli nazare kiska nisha …… Mahfil Mahfil oh shama firti ho kanha ?? 🎼 🎵 🎶
– Suunaiina🇮🇳 (@YoginiEDITynath) October 1, 2021
Wonder Woman Smriti Mandhana pic.twitter.com/Jfv7uWTAjs
– Dinesh LiLawat (@ imDL45) October 1, 2021
What a round !! Wonderfully built, aggressive at first, pouncing on all loose balls, building a partnership and playing throughout the session without scoring or losing a wicket, then a century. Just awesome !!
– Hritvik Patel (@hritvikpatel) October 1, 2021
Imagine Alexa’s perfect and wonderful timing .. just like the two of you do on the pitch
Those off-screen jokes are always on🔥 https://t.co/YjUIKk8b0J
– Ujjawal Raj (@OnlyUjjawal) October 1, 2021
My nomination for the tweet of the year 😀 https://t.co/QpJ0gURWYi
– The road of serfdom (@quark_time) October 1, 2021
Alexa please play. Ye Dil Eat more. https://t.co/MPrXrzNT33
– Sourabh Srivastav (🇮🇳भारत 🇮🇳) (@im_Srivastav) October 2, 2021
Alexa is partying at banti hai @mandhana_smriti https://t.co/UGMxY69bTe
– Tiwari (a girl with dreams) 🌸 (@ quantagirl8) October 1, 2021
This is how teammates appreciate each other
– Kishor Kale (@ ImKishor08) October 2, 2021