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Illustrious career Of Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana is a famous Indian cricketer. She plays for the Indian women’s national team as a left-handed opening batter and an occasional right-arm off-break bowler. She is currently active and has scored 5,337 runs for India in 167 international matches across all formats according to insights of icc women’s cricket match highlights.

Early Life and Childhood

Smriti Mandhana was born to Shrinivas Mandhana and Smiti Mandhana on 18 July 1996 in Mumbai, India. When she was only two years of age, she, along with her parents and brothers, shifted to Madhavnagar, Sangli, in Maharashtra. She completed her school studies till 12th standard in Sangli and then was admitted to Chintaman Rao College of Commerce, which is also in Sangli, to pursue a bachelor’s in Commerce. Her father used to play district-level cricket for Sangli. Smriti got interested in cricket after seeing her brother, Shravan Mandhana, play Under-16 cricket at Maharashtra State competitions. Being a genius at cricket, she was picked by the Maharashtra Under-15 team at the tender age of nine. A couple of years later, she featured in Maharashtra’s Under-19 team. Even now, her family plays an active part in helping Smriti stay at the top of the game. They help her with her diet maintenance, finding clothes, practicing at the nets, and taking care of her cricket and fitness programs.

Domestic Career

Smriti made a name for himself and impressed the Indian team selectors by scoring a double-century playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat in a West Zone Under-19 Tournament one-day match. She became the first woman ever to achieve this record. Then later in the Women’s Challenger Trophy in 2016, playing for the India Red team, she scored three consecutive half-centuries, helping her team lift the trophy and becoming the highest run-getter in the tournament.

She received a 1-year contract from Brisbane Heat for the 2016-17 season of the Big Bash League. Since then, she has participated in various franchisee leagues all over the world, including the Kia Super League and The Hundred. Playing for Sydney Thunders in the 2021-22 season of the Women’s Big Bash League, Smriti scored a century for her team and became the joint-record holder for the highest score ever made in the history of the tournament. She has also participated in the Women Indian Premier League tournament matches and has played a crucial role in winning the tournament for her team, Trailblazers.

International Career

After performing exceptionally well in the domestic circuit, Smriti made her debut for the Indian team in a series against Bangladesh. She represented her country for the first time against Bangladesh in a T20I match on 5 April 2013 in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She opened the innings and scored a vital 39 runs to help India post a respectable score against the visiting team. Also, she made her ODI debut in the same series, on 10 April 2013, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She was only able to score 25 runs while batting at the no.3 position.

Mandhana was included in the Indian squad for the 2014 England Tour. On her Test debut, she scored a total of 73 runs, helping her team chase down the target and win the match against England on 13 August 2014. In 2016, on India’s tour of Australia, Smriti scored her first century in ODI cricket, scoring 102 runs off 109 deliveries. Due to her splendid performances, she became the only cricketer from India to feature in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016.

She faced a minor setback, sustaining an injury to her ligament while playing in the BBL in January 2017. Smriti couldn’t play for five months and was absent from the Indian squad for the Women’s World Cup Cricket qualifier and a Quadrangular series featuring India, South Africa, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. In the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, she made her comeback for India in the first group stage match against the English team. She scored 90 runs and was awarded the Player of the Match award for helping India start their World Cup Campaign with a win.

In the year 2018, Smriti scored a half-century in just 30 deliveries against Australia in a WT20I Tri-Nation series. She also featured in the Indian squad for the 2018 WT20I Cricket World Cup. During the competition, she achieved the milestone of 1,000 runs in WT20Is.

Smriti was appointed as the captain of the Indian team in a WT20I series against England in February 2019. Accomplishing the feat at the age of 22 years, she became the youngest Indian T20I captain. In the later part of the year, she also achieved 2,000 WODIs runs in just 51 innings, becoming the third fastest cricketer to do so. In 2020, she was part of the Indian squad for the Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup. Her team reached the finals before losing to the champions, Australia.

Current Performance

In 2021, she featured in many Test squads of India. Notably, in a one-off Test match against mighty Australia, she scored her maiden Test century, becoming the only female Indian cricketer to score centuries in Australia in two of the longest formats of cricket. In the earlier part of the current year, she played in the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup. India was knocked out of the tournament after losing to South Africa in the quarter-finals. And in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Smriti Mandhana was named as the vice-captain of the Indian team. India’s women’s team reached the finals before losing to Australia by nine runs on 7 August 2022.

Conclusion

Till now, she has scored 325 runs in 4 Test matches, including one century and two half-centuries, 2,892 runs in 74 WODIs, including five centuries and 23 half-centuries, and 2,120 runs in 89 WT20I games, including 15 half-centuries. She will participate in the WT20I series against England, starting on 10 September. Smriti Mandhana will be eyeing the next WT20 Cricket World Cup, which is to take place in 2023. This time, she will be desperate to defeat their arch-rivals, Australia, and bring the World Cup home.

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