|Full Name||Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana|
|Known For||"The only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women's Team of the Year 2016"|
|Born||18 July 1996||Age||21|
|Height||163 cm / 5' 4"||Weight||55 kg / 121 lb|
|Batting Style||Left Handed Bat||Bowling Style||Right-arm offbreak|
Education and Family
|Educational Qualification||She told in an Interview, "I am in the first year of college for the last three years, I have not failed, but I am not giving exams.|
|Father||Shrinivas Mandhana (Former Dist. Level Cricketer)||Mother||Smita Mandhana|
|Brother||Sharavan Mandhana (Former Dist. Level Cricketer)||Coach||Anant Tambvekar|
Smriti Mandhana's Career
Mandhana was born in Mumbai but brought up in Madhavnagar, Sangli in Maharashtra, where she was inspired and supported by her father who used to take care of her cricket programme, her mother Smita is in charge of her diet, clothing and other organisation aspects, and her brother Shravan still bowls to her in the nets, who have also played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli.
At the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra's Under-15 team. Then at eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19s team.
Mandhana's first breakthrough came in October 2013 when she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls, playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament, at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara, and became the first Indian woman crickter to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day game.
Finally, She made her Test debut in August 2014 against England at Wormsley Park. and helped her team win the match by scoring 22 and 51 in her first and second innings, respectively; in the latter innings, she shared in an opening-wicket partnership of 76 runs with Thirush Kamini, chasing 182.
In the 2016 Women's Challenger Trophy, Smriti Mandhana scored three half-centuries for India Red in as many games, and helped her team win the Trophy by making an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the final against India Blue. where she finished the tournament by emerging the top scorer with 192 runs.
In September 2016, Mandhana was signed up for a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), and along with Harmanpreet Kaur, she became one of the first two Indians to be signed up for the League. But, unfortunately, while she was playing against Melbourne Renegades in January 2017, she fell awkwardly while fielding after bowling the final ball of her over hurting her knee, and ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
After recovering this Injury, Smriti Mandhana came into the team for the 2017 World Cup, and began that tournament with a world class 90 against England in Derby, followed by her second ton in One Day International against West Indies.
After starting the tournament with back to back consecutive wins, the Indian Team lost the final of 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup, to England by just nine runs.
Achievements and Awards
- The first Indian woman to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day domestic game.
- The Top-scorer of Women's Challenger Trophy 2016
- One of the first two Indians to be signed up for the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL)
- In second ODI against Australia in 2016 at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, India was lost by 6 wickets, still, Smriti Mandhana was honoured with Player of The Match Award, because of first maiden international hundred (102 off 109 balls)
- With her marvelous 90 against England in the World Cup 2017 first group match, India won by 35 runs, and she was named The Player of The Match.
- In the same World Cup, Smriti Mandhana scored her second unbeaten ton (106*) against West Indies at County Ground, Taunton, England, which earned Player of The Match Award for her.
- The only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women's Team of the Year 2016.