The Talented Striker! Smriti Mandhana

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Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is an Indian cricketer who represents her country’s women’s side. Mandhana was born in a Marwari family on July 18, 1996 in Mumbai to Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana.

Mandhana’s family is very supportive of her cricketing endeavours. Her father and brother, Shravan, were also district cricketers for Sangli. Shrinivas, her father, a chemical wholesaler, is in charge of her cricket programme. In the meantime, Smita, her mother, is in charge of her diet, clothing, and other organisational details. 

After watching her brother compete in the Maharashtra state Under-16s competitions, she decided to take up cricket. She was selected for Maharashtra’s Under-15 squad at the age of nine. She was selected for the Maharashtra Under-19s squad when she was eleven years old.

Early career

In October 2013, she made history by becoming the first Indian woman to score a double-hundred in a one-day match. The batswoman received a practise bat from batting legend Rahul Dravid, which she later used to smash a double tonne for her state in a one-day match.

She struck an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls for Maharashtra versus Gujarat in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara. Her 224 from 150 balls made her the first Indian woman to score a double century in one-day cricket.

In April 2013, Mandhana made her international debut against Bangladesh in a T20I match, followed by her ODI debut five days later. She scored her first ODI century against Australia in Hobart, in only her second ODI match. In the 2016/17 season, the left-hander made her WBBL debut by joining the Brisbane Heat. In the 2018-19 season, Mandhana was picked up by the Hobart Hurricanes.

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Rising to Prominence

Mandhana helped India Red win the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy by scoring three half-centuries in as many games, including an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the final against India Blue. She was the tournament’s leading scorer with 192 runs.

Mandhana signed a one-year contract with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in September 2016, making her one of the league’s first two Indians, along with Harmanpreet Kaur.

Mandhana signed with Western Storm, the defending champions of the Kia Super League, in June 2018, becoming the league’s first Indian player. She was appointed to the Hobart Hurricanes’ team for the 2018–19 Women’s Big Bash League season in November 2018. She was appointed to the Sydney Thunder’s roster for the 2021-22 Women’s Big Bash League season in September 2021. She had a season-best score of a hundred, equaling the tournament’s all-time high.

Playing for India

Mandhana made her Test debut against England at Wormsley Park in August 2014. She scored 22 and 51 in her first and second innings, respectively, to help her team win the match. In the second ODI of India’s 2016 tour of Australia, Mandhana achieved her first international century (102 off 109 balls) in a losing cause at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Mandhana returned to the team for the 2017 World Cup after recovering from an injury she sustained in January of that year while playing in the WBBL. She was unable to compete in the World Cup Qualifier and the Quadrangular Series in South Africa due to her recuperation. 

In the first match of the World Cup, she scored 90 points against England in Derby. She was named player of the match after helping her team win by 35 runs. Mandhana was a member of the Indian side that advanced to the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup final. England defeated the squad by nine runs.

In February 2019, Smriti Mandhana made the fastest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is, scoring it in just 24 balls against New Zealand. She also scored India’s fifty in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match against Australia in March 2018 in just 30 balls.

She was picked to India’s squad for the Women’s World Twenty20 event in the West Indies in October 2018. She became the third Indian cricketer to achieve 1,000 runs in WT20I matches throughout the tournament. She finished the year with the most runs scored in WODIs.

She was selected captain of India’s Women T20I side for the three matches against England in February 2019. When she captained India’s women’s squad against England in the inaugural T20I in Guwahati, she became the country’s youngest T20I captain. She was picked to India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in January 2020. In Australia, she became the first Indian woman to score a century in both ODIs and Tests. She was picked to India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in January 2022.

Awards and Recognition

She was voted the Best Women’s International Cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in June 2018. In December 2018, she received the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the finest female cricketer of the year. She was nominated for the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year on December 30, 2021. 

She, Tammy Beaumont, Lizelle Lee, and Gaby Lewis were nominated for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in December 2021. The Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year was bestowed upon her by the ICC in January 2022.

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There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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