India has been grateful for finding gems in cricket, be it men or women. Smriti Mandhana who hails from a small town in Maharashtra has now achieved a feat that millions dream of, she is definitely an inspiration for the youngsters. Smriti who is often known for her attacking and aggressive style of batting has won the hearts of fans in no time.
India is blessed with best Captains as well, Mithali Raj is now the all-time leading run-scorer for India in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. Likewise, a new comparison has been put out which is Smriti Mandhana being called “Virat Kohli” of women’s cricket. Both being the best batters of modern-day cricket.
Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris is in all praise for Smriti Mandhana, his admiration for her is very relatable. During the T20 World Cup fixture between India and Australia, Scott Styris, at the commentary panel said Smriti is the Virat Kohli of women’s cricket.
“She’s (Smriti Mandhana) the Virat Kohli of women’s cricket. And will be remembered as someone who changed women’s cricket much like Viv Richards did a long time ago in men’s cricket.”
Smriti bagged limelight when she scored a double ton against Gujarat playing for Maharashtra in West Zone Under-19 Tournament, at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara, becoming the first Indian Cricketer to do so.
In the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy, she helped her side India Red by making 3 half-centuries and scored an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the final against India Blue. She was the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 192 runs.
In June 2018, BCCI awarded her with the Best Women’s International Cricketer. In December 2018, ICC honored her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year. Adding more feathers to her hat includes her being named as the ODI Player of the Year by the ICC as well.
Smriti Mandhana has been the most valuable player for India in recent times, her flamboyance and excellent batting has helped India sail through some hurdles really smoothly.
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