Smriti Mandhana is an Indian cricketer representing the Indian Women’s Cricket National Team. She had made her way through her scintillating performance at the national level. In June 2018, the Board for Cricket in India (BCCI) selected her to play at the international level.
Below are some lesser-known facts about Smriti Mandhana:
1. Smriti Mandhana birthday is on 18th July 1996.
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana was born in the Mumbai city of Maharashtra.
2. Her full name is Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana.
When Smriti was two years old, the family shifted to Madhavnagar, Sangli in Maharashtra, where she did her schooling. Smriti Mandhana height is 5’4”.
3. Cricket apparently runs in her family.
Smriti Mandhana is the daughter of Srinivas and Smita Mandhana. She has a brother named Shravan. Both her father and brother played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli. Smriti got inspiration to play cricket from her brother.
4. Smriti Mandhana got selected for Maharashtra’s under-15 team when she was just nine.
She got picked up for the Maharashtra under-19 team at the age of eleven.
5. Smriti’s family has been supporting and encouraging her.
Her father is a chemical distributor by profession who took care of her cricket program. her mother takes responsibility for her diet, clothing, and other aspects and his brother Shravan bowls to her in the nets.
6. Missed 12th board exams for World T20 Cup 2014.
Later she also had to skip admissions into college course as she had to go for England tour.
7. Smriti cricketing inspiration is Kumara Sangakkara.
She often try to copy the style of Sri Lankan legend during net practice.
8. Smriti Mandhana got her first breakthrough in domestic cricket in 2013.
And became the first woman to hit a double century in a one-day game against Gujarat. She scored an unbeaten 224 within 150 balls in the West Zone under-19 tournament at Alembic Cricket Ground, Vadodara.
9. Mandhana’s international debut was against England in August 2014 at Wormsley Park.
She steered her team to victory, scoring 22 and 51 in her first and second innings, respectively. Mandhana shared a 76-run opening wicket partnership with Thirush Kamini while chasing the score of 182.
10. Scored three half-centuries in the Women’s Challenger Trophy in 2016.
She played for India Red in many games and helped her team to win the trophy, scoring an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls against India Blue in the final match. She emerged as a top scorer of the tournament with an overall score of 192.
11. Mandhana scored her maiden international century against Australia in the second ODI in 2016 at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
She scored 102 off 109 balls in a losing match. Smriti was the only Indian player listed in ICC Women’s Cricket team in 2016.
12. Mandhana signed up for a one-year contract with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League in 2016 with the other two players.
Harmanpreet Kaur is one of the first two Indians.
13. Smriti hurt her knee while fielding after bowling the last ball. As a result, she couldn’t play for the rest of the tournament.
She rejoined the team in the 2017 World Cup after recovering from her injury. It took five months for her to recover, because of which she missed the World Cup Qualifier & the Quadrangular Series in South Africa.
14. Conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018.
15. She played for India in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup final, in which her team lost by nine runs.
16. In June 2018, she signed up for Kia Super League and became the first Indian to play in the league.
In November, Mandhana got listed for Hobart Hurricanes Squad in the 2018-19 Women’s Big Bash League season.
17. She scored the fastest fifty in March 2018 in the Women’s Twenty20 International fixture in 30 balls against Australia.
Mandhana got awarded as a player of the series in the following month for three WODI matches against England women. On 3rd August 2018, she scored the first century in the 2018 Women’s Cricket Super League. She got selected for the West Indies tour in October 2018 and became the third cricketer to score over 1000 runs in WT20I matches, thereby ending up the year as the leading run-scorer in WODIs, averaging 66.90.
18. Mandhana won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the year and ODI player of the year.
She captained the Indian Women’s T20I team in February 2019 for three-match series against England. Mandhana became the became the youngest T20I captain for India.