Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana, popularly known as Smriti Mandhana in the cricketing circuit, is the most talented and stylish batsman in the Indian women’s cricket team.
Smriti is a left-handed opening batsman for India and also bowls medium pace sometimes, born in the year 1996 in Mumbai. In 2018, she also won the Best Women’s Cricketer award from BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket In India). Apart from this, she also won the” Arjuna Award” for his extraordinary contribution to the Indian women’s cricket team as per domestic cricket news
When she was only two years old, Smriti with her family moved to Madhavnagar, Sangli, in Maharashtra and completed her school life there. In her family, both her brother Shravan and father used to play cricket. Shravan also played in various U16 tournaments, inspiring her to become a cricketer and represent the country in the blue jersey. After seeing her few eye-catching performances at a very early age, she got selected for Maharashtra’s U15 team at just nine years of age only. Smriti also got selected for the U19 team at the age of 11. At a very little age, she got the chance to enter the domestic level due to her talent.
From the very beginning to date, her family supported her in every moment of her life, which helped her reach this position. Shrinivas, her father, who was a chemical distributor, used to take care of all her cricket programmes. In contrast, Smita, her mother, used to give her entire focus on her daughter’s diet so that she could stay fit, clothing, and many other essential things as well. Shravan’s work was to bowl to her at the nets while practising. This is how every member of Smriti’s family distributed their work to help their daughter or sister to achieve the goal that she wanted from her childhood days.
October 2013 was when he found his first significant breakthrough and became the first women cricketer of India to score 200 runs in a single ODI match. This was against Gujrat, where he was able to score 224 runs from just 150 deliveries in and U19 championship cup in Vadodara.
Her Career In The Indian Team
In 2013 she made his ODI debut for India against Bangladesh, and in the next year, 2014, he made his test debut against the England women’s team at Wormsley Park. In her first test match, she contributed 22 and 51 runs in the first and second inning, respectively and helped the Indian team to win that match.
Smriti is a brilliant batsman in this new Indian women’s team, and this is not just a fact only. In her second ODI match only in her career, against the Australian team on their home soil, she scored 102 from just 109 deliveries in her first century. But unfortunately, all her hard work went in vain as India lost that match. All these contributions helped her achieve a place in the ICC women’s team of the year. The only Indian women’s cricketer to complete this to date.
In 2017, she again regained her spot in the squad for the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup after an injury she suffered in the WBBL league that she was playing earlier that year. Due to her injury, she was out of the Indian team for five months, where he missed a series against South Africa and the World Cup Qualifier, which was a huge loss for her. She started the World Cup race quite well, scoring a 90 against England in Derby just after her injury in the group league match. In that match, India won by 35 runs because of her splendid innings, and Smriti also won the Man of the Match. In the very next game against the West Indies team, she scored the second century of her career and remained 106 not out.
Smriti’s Club Career
Unlike the Indian men’s team, where players are not allowed to play in any other leagues in the world apart from IPL, the women’s team is allowed to play. In September 2016, Mandhana signed up for Brisbane’s Heat for a one-year deal in WBBL. Harmanpreet Kaur, her teammate, also signed up, and both became the first Indian women in cricket to sign up for this league.
In 2017, while she was playing for the Melbourne Renegade, she fell on the ground quite awkwardly and injured her knee; as a result, she was ruled out for the rest of the tournament. Her 2017 WBBL season was not going that well as she managed only 89 runs from 12 innings that she played.
In 2018, Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian women cricketer to be signed up for the KIA Super League with the Western Storm team, the defending champions.
Records That She Archived In Her Career
Smriti Mandhana’s record against England is quite good. In March 2018, she broke her record of scoring the fattest 50 in a T20I match against the same England team in just 25 balls in the very first match of that India-England series. Smriti’s previous record of the fastest 50 was against the Australian women’s cricket team in the 2017-18 Tri-Nation series. There she took 30 balls to score that half-century.
To date, Smriti Mandhana has played 74 ODI matches, where she scored 2892 runs at a solid average of 45.52 with five centuries and 23 half-centuries. There is nothing to talk about in her test career as she only played four matches, but she scored 325 runs with a formidable average of 46.42 with one century and two half-centuries.
Smriti is a good opening batsman when it comes to the T20 format. In the 92 matches that she played to date, she scored 2192 runs with a solid strike rate of 121.98. But she has yet to score a T20 century, though seeing her talent, this is not very far either. 86 is the highest score of her T20 career as of now.
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