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jayant   |  2022-03-08

Smriti Mandhana: 30 little-known facts about the stylish cricketer

Smriti Mandhana, the talented opening batter for the Indian women’s cricket team, is one of the finest cricketers in women’s cricket

She has represented India in more than 150 international matches in her nine-year career.

So, here we have listed down 30 little-known facts about this stylish Indian southpaw Smriti Mandhana.

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1) On 18 July 1996, Smriti Mandhana was born to Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana in Mumbai

2) Her father Shrinivas Mandhana and brother Shravan played district cricket for Sangli.

3) Watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state U-16 tournaments, she got inspired to play cricket

4) At the age of nine, Mandhana was selected for the Maharashtra U-15 team, and at the age of eleven, she got picked for the Maharashtra U-19 team.

5) Her father Shrinivas and mother Smita were the ones who made sure that she always stays focused on his game

On the other hand, her brother Shravan trained her and helped her stay match ready

6) Smriti Mandhana completed her B.com degree at Chintaman Rao College of Commerce in Sangli.

7) In October 2013, Smriti, playing for Maharashtra, scored an unbeaten 224 runs knock against Gujarat at Vadodara and became the first Indian woman to score a double-hundred in a one-day match.

8) On 5 April 2013, at the age of 16, Smriti Mandhana made her T20I debut for India against Bangladesh.

Opening the batting, she scored 39 runs off 36 balls to help India win by 10 runs.

9) On February 5, 2016, she scored 102 against Australia at Hobart

She was 19 years and 202 days old at that time and became the 10th youngest player to score a hundred in WODIs

10) Smriti Mandhana, with 192 runs, was the highest run-scorer in the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy, which included three half-centuries

11) In September 2016, Mandhana along with Harmanpreet Kaur became one of the first two Indians to play the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)

12) On 7 February 2018, Smriti Mandhana scored 135 runs against South Africa at Kimberley, the highest WODI score for any Indian batter against South Africa

13) In June 2018, Mandhana signed for Western Storm and became the first Indian to play in the Kia Super League in England

14) In the same month, BCCI named Smriti Mandhana as the Best Women’s International Cricketer

15) In December 2018, Smriti Mandhana was named the ‘Best female cricketer of the year’ by the ICC

For that, she received the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award from the ICC.

16) In February 2019, at the age of 22 years and 229 days, Mandhana became the youngest T20I captain for India

17) Smriti Mandhana received the prestigious Arjuna award in 2019

18) In November 2019, Smriti became the 3rd fastest cricketer in the world to score 2,000 runs in WODIs ( 51 innings )

19) In August 2021, she became the first Indian woman cricketer to score a century in both ODI and Test format in Australia

20) In January 2022, she was again elected ‘ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ and received the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the second time.

21) Mandhana was included in the ICC T20I team of the year in 2018 and 2019.

22) Mandhana was included in the ICC ODI team of the year in 2016,2018 and 2019.

23) Sri Lankan legend Kumara Sangakkara is Smriti’s cricketing inspiration, and she often tries to copy his style during her net practice.

24) She is the only Indian cricketer to score 50+ runs against all SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) in T20Is.

25) In Women ODIs, Mandhana has a century in all SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia)

26) She has scored eight 50+ scores in away games in T20Is, the most by an Indian batter in T20Is.

She is only second to West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor, who has nine 50+ scores in away games in T20Is.

27) She holds the record of scoring the fastest half-century for India in Women’s T20Is (24 balls)

28) Smriti is the 10th fastest and 2nd fastest Indian to score 1000 T20I runs (49 innings)

29) She has scored 911 runs in the ICC Women’s Championships, 6th highest by any batter in a series

30) Smriti is a big fan of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo and supports whichever team he is playing for.

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