THE HITWOMAN OF INDIA
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is an Indian professional cricketer who represents the Indian women’s team. She was born on July 18, 1996, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She is a left-handed opening batswoman who can also bowl right-arm medium speed on occasion. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her the Best Women’s International Cricketer of the Year in June 2018. She was also honoured with the prestigious ‘Arjuna Award’ earlier this year.
She and her family relocated to Madhavnagar, Sangli, Maharashtra, when she was two years old, where she finished her education. Her father and brother, Shravan, both played district-level cricket for Sangli, which motivated her to take up the sport after witnessing her brother compete in many Maharashtra state Under-16s competitions. She was also chosen for Maharashtra’s Under-15 squad when she was nine years old. She was a member of the Maharashtra Under-19s squad when she was eleven years old.
Mandhana made her One Day International debut against Bangladesh in 2013, and her Test debut against England in August 2014 at Wormsley Park. She contributed to her team’s victory by scoring 22 and 51 points in her first and second innings, respectively.
HOW SHE BECAME THE HITWOMAN OF INDIA
Mandhana achieved her maiden international century (102 off 109 balls) in the second ODI of India’s 2016 tour of Australia at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, although the match ended in a loss for India. Mandhana was also the lone Indian nominated to the 2016 ICC Women’s Team of the Year.
Mandhana joined the squad for the 2017 World Cup after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament rupture suffered during her stint at the WBBL in January of that year.
During her five-month rehabilitation time, she was unable to compete in the World Cup Qualifier or the Quadrangular Series in South Africa. In the opening group match of the World Cup, she scored a 90 against England in Derby. She was awarded player of the match after helping her side win by 35 runs. , which was followed by her second century in a One Day International against the West Indies (106*).
In March 2018, she set her personal record for the fastest fifty for India in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match, taking only 25 balls in the tournament’s first match against England. Her previous record came against Australian women in the 2017–18 India women’s Tri-Nation Series, when she reached a half-century in 30 balls.
• While Playing Against Gujarat In October 2013, Mandhana Became First Indian Women Cricketer To Achieve A Double Ton In A One Day Game. She Had Smashed 224 Off Just 150 Balls In The West Zone Under-19 Tournament.
• With 3 Centuries In As Many Matches And A Total Of 192 Runs In The Women’s Challenger Trophy 2016, She Stood As The Highest Run-Scorer Of The Tournament.
• Arjuna Award (2018)
• Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for Women Cricketer of the year (2018)
• ICC Women’s ODI player of the year (2018)