25 Interesting Facts You Must Know About Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana has been a permanent part of the Indian team since 2013 and has featured in 143 international games in her eight-year career. As India’s stylish opening bat Smriti Mandhana celebrates her 25th birthday today,

 

Smriti Mandhana. Pic Credits: Redbull
Smriti Mandhana. Pic Credits: Redbull

Female Cricket brings to you the 25 interesting facts about the southpaw Smriti Mandhana.

1. Smriti Mandhana’s father Shrinivas Mandhana and brother Shravan Mandhana played cricket at the district level for Sangli.

2. When Smriti was just 9 years old, she was picked in Maharashtra state’s U-15 team, and by the time she was 11 years old, she was in the U-19 team.

3. She is the first Indian woman to score a double century in a domestic one-day game. She scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls against Gujarat at Vadodara in the west zone U-19 tournament.

4. She made her international debut on 5th April 2013 at the age of 16 years and 266 days. Her first international game was a T20I against Bangladesh. Opening the batting, she scored 39 off 36 balls and was the highest run-getter for India in that match, which the team went on to win by 10 runs.

5. She is the leading batter in the Indian women’s team to score 50+ away runs in T20Is. She is second to West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor, who has 9 scores of 50+ in away games in T20Is. Mandhana has 8 scores of 50+ in away games.

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

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7. She has the most runs in T20Is since 2018. She has scored 1477 runs, including 12 half-centuries in 54 matches

8. She was a part of the ICC T20I team of the year in 2018 and 2019.

9. She holds the record for scoring the fastest 50 for India in Women’s T20Is. She achieved the feat off just 24 balls against New Zealand at Wellington in February 2019.

10. In September 2016, she became one of the first two Indian players to be signed up for a one-year deal with the Brisbane Heat to play the WBBL

11. In June 2018, she became the first Indian player to play England’s Kia Super League. She was signed up by Western Storm

12. In February 2019, she was named as the captain of India’s Women T20I squad for the three match home series against England to become the youngest T20I captain for India at the age of 22 years and 229 days

13. She was the 4th highest run getter in the calendar year 2018 with 622 T20I runs

14. She is the 10th fastest and 2nd fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in women’s T20Is. She completed 1000 runs in 49 innings

15. In ODI cricket, she has a century in all SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries

16. She has the highest ODI score (135) against South Africa for any Indian women batter.

17. She was the only Indian to be a part of the ICC ODI team of the year in 2016  She was also a part of the ICC ODI team of the year in 2018 and 2019

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18. She was the ICC ODI player of the year in 2018. She scored 669 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.90 and a strike rate of 91.02. She registered seven half-centuries and one century.

19. In November 2019, she became the 3rd fastest cricketer to score 2,000 runs in WODIs as she achieved it in 51 innings

20. She is 6th on the list of players to score maximum runs in a series. She scored 911 runs in 16 matches in the ICC Women’s Championships

21. She is the 10th youngest player to score a 100 in WODI. She scored 102 against Australia at Hobart on February 5, 2016, when she was 19 years and 202 days old

22. In Test cricket, she is a part of the 4th highest opening partnership in women’s Tests as she joined forces with Shafali Verma to put together 167 runs against England during the Test that was played from June 16 to June 19, 2021 at Bristol.

23. In June 2018, BCCI named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer

24. In December 2018, the ICC presented her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year

25. She is an Arjuna award winner in the year 2019

 

Smriti Mandhana - Arjuna Awardee (year 2018)
Smriti Mandhana – Arjuna Awardee (year 2018)

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