Smriti Mandhana Biography, Career Info, Profile, ICC Ranking, Records
Smriti Mandhana is an Indian cricketer. She plays for Indian women’s national team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer, in June 2018.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year in December 2018.
She became a nominee of the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year in December 2021. Again in December 2021, she along with Tammy Beaumont, Lizelle Lee and Gaby Lewis was nominated for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
She was honored with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in January 2022 by The ICC.
Early and personal life:
Mandhana was born on 18th July 1996 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She was born in a Marwari family. Shrinivas mandhana is her father, he is a former district-level cricketer. Smita Mandhana is her mother. Her brother Shravan Mandhana is also a former district-level cricketer.
He is a branch manager of a private bank in Sangli. At the age of 2 years, she shifted to Sangli, Maharashtra with the family. She completed her schooling there.
Bothe her father & brother played for Sangli. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce from Chintaman Rao College of Commerce, Sangli, Maharashtra.
After watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16s tournaments, she was inspired to play cricket.
Initially, she trained under Anant Tambweker, a junior state coach. She was selected in the Maharashtra’s under-15 team at the age of nine.
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Smriti Mandhana was picked for the Maharashtra under-19 team. Her family is closely innovated in her cricketing activities.
Her father as a chemical distributor, takes care of her cricket program. Her mother Smita takes care of her diet, clothing & other aspects. Even her brother still bowls to her in the nets.
In October 2013, her first breakthrough came as she became the first Indian women to achieve a double hundred in a one-day game. She was playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat.
In that match, she scored 224 not out off 150 balls in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament, at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara.
Smriti Mandhana scored three half centuries for India Red in 2016 women’s challenger trophy. She helped her team to win the trophy by making an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the final against India Blue.
She appeared as the tournament’s top scorer by making 192 runs. She was signed up for a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Big Bash League (WBBL) in September 2016.
Along with Harmanpreet Kaur, she became one of the first two Indians to be signed up for the League.
In January 2017.
Smriti Mandhana hurted her knee & due to that she ruled out of the rest of the tournament which she ended having scored 89 runs in 12 innings.
Mandhana signed up for Kia Super League defending champions Western Strom in June 2018. She was the first Indian player to play in that league.
She was named in the in November 2018. She was drafted by Southern Brave for the inaugural season of The Hundred in 2021.
Smriti Mandhana was named in the Sydney Thunder’s squad for the 2021-22 Women’s Big Bash League season in September 2021.
She scored equal to the record for the tournament’s highest ever score. She was retained by Southern Brave for the 2022 edition of the Hundred in February 2022.
In August 2014, she made her test debut against England at Wormsley Park. By scoring 22 & 55, she helped the team to win.
Even in the latter innings, she shared in an opening-wicket partnership of 76 runs with Thirush Kamini, chasing 182.
In 2016, during the second ODI of India’s tour of Australia at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, she scored her maiden international hundred (102 off 109 balls). She was the only Indian player who named in the ICC Women’s Team of the year 2016.
She entered the team for the 2017 World Cup after recovering from an injury. In January the same year, she sustained, an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, during her time at the WBBL.
Smriti Mandhana missed the World Cup Qualifier and the Quadrangular Series in South Africa during her five-month recovery period.
With a 90 against England in Derby, in the first of the group matches, she began the World Cup. She was named as a player of the match by making 35 runs. It was followed by her second hundred in a One Day International against West Indies.
In 2017 Women’s Cricket she was a part of the Indian team to reach the final. Unfortunately, the team lost to England by nine runs.
For Women’s T20Is, she scored fastest 50 for India in just 24 balls against New Zealand in February 2019. She also scored 50 for India in 30 balls in WT20I (Women’s Twenty20 International).
Again she scored a half century against Australia in the 2017–18 India women’s Tri-Nation Series.
One month later, she was named as the player of the series, for the three WODI matches played England.
In the 2018 Women’s Cricket Super League, Smriti Mandhana scored the first century on 3rd August 2018.
Again she was named in India’s squad for the Women’s World T20 tournament in the West Indies in October 2018.
After the success of the tournament, she was named as the star of the team. In the time of the tournament, she became the third cricketer for India to score 1,000 runs in WT20I matches.
At the end of that year she was the leading run-scorer in WODIs with 669 at an average of 66.90. She was declared as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year.
Smriti Mandhana was named as the captain of India’s Women T20I squad for the three match against England in February 2019.
She was the youngest T20I captain for India. In the 1st T20I in Guwahati against England she led the women’s team.
She won the International Woman Cricketer of the Year awards at CEAT International Cricket Awards 2019 in May 2019.
During the series against West Indies in November 2019, she became the third-fastest cricketer, in terms of innings, to score 2,000 runs in WODIs, in her 51st innings.
Smriti Mandhana named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in January 2020. She was in the India’s Test squad for their one-off match against England in May 2021.
In August 2021, she was also in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against Australia. In the first innings of that match, she scored her first century in Test cricket.
Smriti Mandhana was the first Indian female cricketer to score a century in both ODIs and Tests in Australia. In January 2022, she was in India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Smriti Mandhana was named as the vice-captain of India’s team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Smriti Mandhana Awards:
- She was honored with Arjuna Award in 2018.
- She became ICC Women’s ODI player of the year in 2018.
- She received Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the women cricketer of the year in 2018.
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