One of India’s most famous and loved cricketer Smriti Mandhana turns 25 today. She is one of the youngest players to have played for the Women’s cricket team India. On her birthday let’s spill few interesting facts on her cricket journey.
- Smriti Mandhana made her T20I and ODI debut in 2013 at the age of 16.
- BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) had named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer in July, 2018.
- In the same year, in December 2018, Mandhana was awarded with Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
- Mandhana had her first breakthrough in 2013, where she played for Maharashtra against Team Gujarat and had scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament to become the first Indian woman to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day game.
- The left-handed batter has played 3 Women Test series, 3 Women’s One Day International, 81 Women’s Twenty20 International and 25 Women’s Big Bash League.
- In 2016 she signed up for a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League and became the 2nd Indian Cricketer to sign a deal with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) alongside cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur.
- In the 2017 Women Cricket’s World Cup, Mandhana played for Team India and in the first of the group matches she scored 90 against England and had helped win India by 35 runs. She was named the player of the match.
- In 2019, she was the captain for India’s Women T20I team for three matches against England and became the youngest T20I captain for India. She led the Indian women’s team against England in the first T20I held in Guwahati.
- The cricketer won the International Woman Cricketer of the Year awards at CEAT International Cricket Awards 2019.
- In 2020, she played for team India in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup held in Australia.
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