New Delhi: India opener and number one ODI batswoman Smriti Mandhana is in no mood to take it easy after a memorable season and is busy tweaking her all-round game in the lead up to the Women’s T20 World Cup early next year. The season that went by saw the 22-year-old reach the top of the ODI rankings. Mandhana is not just known for her stylish strokeplay anymore, she has added much needed power to her game to meet the demands of the modern game. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter a fruitful fitness camp at the NCA in Bengaluru, Mandhana said she remains a work in progress. “It was a good fitness camp. Finally after an year or two, we got a month off. It was good for us to come back and do a fitness camp. It was much needed because we are going to have a hectic eight months, so we have to get our body prepared for the grind,” Mandhana said after receiving the Arjuna Award here on Tuesday. On her own batting, she said: “I and coach Raman sir have been discussing quite a bit about my game. How I can become more consistent in T20 cricket, how I can add more power to my game. I still feel I need to improve on that front. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”You have to improve because other teams are also keeping an eye on you. Adding new shots is not something which I am looking for, I am looking to consistently hit the same length of balls in different places,” said Mandhana, who is confident of another stellar season in the Kia Super League to be held in the UK next month. While Mandhana was India’s stand-out performer in ODIs and T20s, the team’s performance in the shortest format has left a lot to be desired as it lost six games in a row. The team did not have enough fire-power and though the issues facing the side were discussed at length in the camp, Mandhana feels there is still a long way to go. “Fitness was a major point of discussion after the season ended. Raman sir and we collectively discussed that fitness needs to be better to be a potent T20 side. That thing is being worked out and girls are looking in better shape.” With the likes of Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur playing their part, the team needs more aggressive batters, especially in the middle order. “Our batting depth has to improve and Raman Sir has been speaking to all the batters on the aspect of power hitting. Improved fitness will not only help our power-hitting but will also help our fielding. “It is more mental than anything else. That is what Raman sir has been stressing on. He has given the freedom to the batters to express themselves in the middle rather than holding back,” she added.
Like all today’s responsible mining companies Silvercorp Metals is committed to contributing to the growth and prosperity of communities in which it is active. As part of this commitment, Silvercorp’s 77.5%-owned subsidiary, Henan Found Mining has donated RMB¥1.25 million (some $159,000) towards the construction of the Henan Found Youth Recreation and Activity Center, in Luoning county of Henan province, China. Located in the middle of a large and newly-constructed central square and park for the county, the center will provide educational support and recreational activities for children in Luoning, the administrative seat for the county in which Silvercorp’s Ying silver and HPG Gold-Silver-Lead projects are located. A county of approximately 445,000 inhabitants and 2,306 km2 in size, Luoning is situated in the highly populated and developing central Chinese province of Henan (population: about 100 million). One of the largest employers and contributors to the local tax base in the county, Silvercorp is committed not only to responsible mining practices but also to making a positive contribution in the communities in which it is active. Silvercorp says it looks forward to making additional contributions in support of the development of Luoning County as it continues to grow and build on the success of its operations in the area. At Ying, using the Measured plus Indicated resources reported in the last resource estimate, a 100% dilution factor and a 95% recovery rate for the high-grade resources, a potentially mineable Measured plus Indicated resource is calculated to be 1,542,078 t grading 767 g/t Ag, 13.24% Pb and 4.31% Zn. Assuming a mining rate of 140,000 t for the 2006/2007 fiscal year and 300,000 t/y thereafter, the resources at Ying could sustain mine production for about six years. A 600 t/d mill, currently being constructed 17 km from the Ying property, is expected to be completed by the end of March 2007. Currently custom mills are used to process ore. Starting April 2007, Henan Found’s own 600 t/d flotation mill is expected to start producing Pb-Ag and Zn concentrates.