“The only Indian Cricketer to book a place in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year, 2016”
18 July 1996
163 cm / 5′ 4″
55 kg / 121 lb
Left Handed Bat
Smriti Mandhana Family and Education
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.
Shrinivas Mandhana (Former Dist. Level Cricketer)
Sharavan Mandhana (Former Dist. Level Cricketer)
Highlights From Smriti Mandhana’s Career
Born in Mumbai, but lived in Madhavnagar, Sangli, Maharashtra (Smriti Mandhana Hometown) where she was inspired by her father who was also played cricket till the district levels. Or we would say, she comes from the complete cricket family background. How? Just keep reading.
From the different interviews, we got to know that, her family not only supports her, but also Smriti Mandhana’s father manages her cricket and training programme, her mother Smita takes care of her diet, and her brother, a district level Cricketer, bowls and helps her to improve his games in net sessions.
When you have this much of support, you started to achieve things which you ever dreamed off. Same was with her. When Smriti Mandhana age was nine, she was selected in Maharashtra’s Under-15 Cricket team, then at eleven, she joined U-19 team of her state.
But you know, you need something special to wear to stand out between lots and lots of crowds. Smriti Mandhana did the same, she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls, and became the first Indian woman cricketer to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day game. It was a match of West Zone U-19 cricket league, against Gujarat, and the bat from she played this inning was of India’s famous cricketer, Rahul Dravid’s.
Like hard work pays off, Smriti Mandhana also got a chance to play for her own country, and wear that jersey, in August 2014 against England in a test match, and contribute 22 and 51 in first and second innings in that win which includes her 76 runs opening partnership with Thirush Kamini while chasing 182.
Later, in 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy, Smriti Mandhana was awarded as the top scorer of the tournament with 192 runs which includes three half-centuries, and marvellous inning of 62 runs in 82 balls in the final itself. The trophy went to India Red because of her amazing performance in the entire tournament (They won over India Blue.)
In the same year, Smriti Mandhana was signed up with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for one year contract.
This offer of playing in the WBBL, included her in the first two ever Indians who got a chance to play in the league, including Harmanpreet Kaur.
But, unfortunately, while she was playing against Melbourne Renegades in January 2017, her knee got injured while fielding after getting bowled the final ball of her over. That injury made her step out from the rest of the tournament.
Great persons come stronger when destiny push them back. Smriti Mandhana after recovering from the injury was selected in the Indian Women’s Cricket Team from the 2017 World Cup, where she began the tournament with her classy 90 run batting against the host, England, which included some excitement in Smriti Mandhana Biography.
While in the second match also, Smriti Mandhana scored her second international hundred against West Indies, and helped her team to make it to the quarterfinals.
But, after starting the tournament with back to back consecutive wins, the Indian Team lost the final of 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, from England by just nine runs.
Later in 2018, when India was organising its first home women T20 Tri-series, Smriti Mandhana smashes 76* off just 40 balls while she reached to her fifty in just 25 balls which is the fastest by any Indian Women Cricketer. Keep Growing Champ. 🙂
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)
The only Indian Cricketer to be a part of ICC Women’s Team of the Year, 2016.
Fastest T20 fiftry by an Indian Women Cricketer. (2018 Women’s Tri-Series, India)
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