Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is a professional cricket player for India who was born on July 18, 1996. She is a left-handed opener who can also bowl right-arm medium speed on occasion. Mandhana, a Marwari, was born on 18 July 1996, in Mumbai. Shravan, her brother, and her father were also district-level cricket players. She was encouraged to start playing cricket after witnessing her brother’s remarkable performance. She did her best, and ultimately, at the ages of nine and eleven, she was chosen for the Maharashtra Under-15 squad and the Under-19 division. Mandhana’s family is very supportive of her cricketing endeavors and is actively involved as per ICC women’s cricket match highlights 2020.
Her International debuts:-
Test match- India vs. England Women (13 August 2014)
ODI match- India vs. Bangladesh Women (10 April 2013)
T20 match- India vs. Bangladesh Women (5 April 2013)
Records and achievements:-
- Mandhana became the first Indian woman cricketer to record a double ton in a One Day match while competing against Gujarat in October 2013. She had won the West Zone under-19 competition with 224 off just 150 balls.
- She was the leading run-scorer in the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy with three century in as many games and 192 runs overall. She is the first female cricketer from India to reach 100 in both Tests and ODIs played in Australia.
- She was selected to the Hobart Hurricanes roster for the 2018–19 Women’s Big Bash League season in November 2018.
- On August 3, 2018, he set a milestone by being the first player to score a century in the Women’s Cricket Super League.
- She was selected for the Sydney Thunder team in September 2021 in preparation for the 2021–22 Women’s Big Bash League season.
- At the CEAT International Cricket Awards in May 2019, she was named the International Woman Cricketer of the Year.
- She was chosen in July 2022 to serve as the team’s vice-captain for the cricket competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In October 2013, she made history by being the first Indian woman to reach two hundred in a one-day cricket match. She struck an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls while representing Maharashtra versus Gujarat in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament. She took the field in her first test match in August 2014.
Mandhana helped India to win the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy by scoring three half-centuries in as many games and striking an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the match against India Blue. She ended up becoming the tournament’s leading scorer with 192 runs.
In the second one-day international of India’s 2016 tour of Australia, Mandhana made her first international hundred in a defeat. Only Mandhana represented India in the 2016 ICC Women’s Team of the Year. Mandhana joined Brisbane Heat in September 2016 on a one-year contract for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), joining Harmanpreet Kaur as one of the league’s first two Indian players.
Her pivotal moment occurred in a game against the Melbourne Renegades in January 2017; she injured her knee after falling awkwardly while fielding after delivering the final ball of the match. She was disqualified from the remainder of the competition, which she finished having played 12 innings and scoring 89 runs. Then, after overcoming an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, she made her World Cup comeback in 2017. She missed the South African Quadrangular Series and the World Cup Qualifier during her five-month rehabilitation time, which was sad for her.
She kicked off the World Cup in Derby’s opening group game against England with a 90. She contributed to her side winning by 35 runs, earned player of the match honors, and then hit her second century in a One Day International match against the West Indies. Mandhana was a member of the Indian squad that advanced to the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup final before falling to England by a score of nine runs. She took 30 balls to achieve her half-century against Australia in the India women’s Tri-Nation Series in March 2018, when she scored fifty for India in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) (2017-2018). She was selected for India’s team to compete in the Women’s World Twenty20 event in the West Indies in October 2018. She was hailed as the team’s star before the game. Became the third Indian player reach 1,000 runs in WT20I matches throughout the competition. She finished that year with 669 runs at an average of 66.90, making her the top WODI run scorer. She received the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year and Women’s Cricketer of the Year awards.
She also struck the quickest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is against New Zealand in February 2019 (it took just 24 balls). She was selected to lead India’s women’s T20I team for the three matches against England in February 2019. When she captained the women’s team against England in the first T20I, she made history by becoming India’s youngest captain ever.
She was really proud of herself since she had always aspired to be a captain. She rose to the position of third-fastest cricketer in November 2019 during the series against the West Indies.
She was selected for India’s team in January 2020 in preparation for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. She was also included in the Test team for India’s one-off match against Australia in August 2021. Along with Gaby Lewis and Tammy Beaumont, she was nominated for the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year on December 30, 2021. She was also selected by Southern Brave for The Hundred’s first season. She equaled the tournament’s all-time top score by scoring 100 throughout the season. She was hired by Southern Brave in February 2022 for the 2022 round of the Hundred.
The young girl with glasses abandoned science in school and a potential profession in hospitality, but she has no regrets at all. She had a World Cup century, another one in Australia, and a double ton in local one-day competitions, and she is just the second Indian cricketer to play in a foreign T20 league. All by the age of twenty! Despite the fact that she never got weary and never gave up, she continued to pace quickly. Each of us must respect such sort of spirit!
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