Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team. In June 2018, BCCI named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer. In December 2018, ICC awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year.
Smriti Mandhana was born on 18 July 1996 in Mumbai to Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana in a Marwari family. When she was two, the family moved to Madhavnagar, Sangli, Maharashtra, where she completed her schooling. Her family is closely involved in her cricketing activities. Both her father and brother, Shravan, played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli. She was inspired to take up cricket after watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16 tournaments.
At the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. At eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19 team. Her father Shrinivas, a chemical distributor, takes care of her cricket programme, her mother Smita is in charge of her diet, clothing and other organisational aspects, and her brother Shravan still bowls to her in the nets.
Smriti Mandhana made her Test debut in August 2014 against England at Wormsley Park. In the second ODI game of India’s tour of Australia in 2016 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, she scored her maiden international hundred. She was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016. She was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.
Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is of just 24 balls against New Zealand. In February 2019, she was named as the captain of India’s Women T20I squad for the three match against England. She became the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women’s team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. In May 2019, she has won the International Woman Cricketer of the Year awards at CEAT International Cricket Awards 2019. In November 2019, during the series against West Indies, she became the third-fastest cricketer, in terms of innings, to score 2,000 runs in WODIs, doing so in her 51st innings.
In January 2020, Smriti Mandhana was named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. In May 2021, she was named in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against England. In August 2021, she was also named in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against Australia. In the first innings of the match, she scored her first century in Test cricket. She became the first Indian female cricketer to score a century in both ODIs and Tests in Australia. In January 2022, she was named in India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Smriti Mandhana Wiki Bio :
|Date of Birth / Age :||18 July 1996 / 26 Years (as in 2022)|
|Nick Name :||Smriti|
|Full Name :||Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana|
|Birthplace / Home Town :||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India / Sangli, Maharashtra, India|
|Zodiac Sign / Sun Sign :||Cancer|
|Religion / Caste :||Hinduism|
|Height :|| 163 Cm
|Weight :||55 Kg|
|Body Measurement :||33-27-33|
|Eye Color :||Black|
|Hair Color :||Black|
|Mother :||Smita Mandhana|
|Brother(s) :||Sharavan Mandhana|
|Marital Status :||Unmarried|
|Spouse / Affairs :||N/A|
|School / College / University :||N/A|
|Jersey Number :||18|
|Profession :||Indian Women Cricketer|
|Domestic State Teams :||Brisbane Heat Women|
|Bowling Style :||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Batting Style :||Left-hand bat|
|Email / Contact :||N/A|
|Hobbies :||Listening to Music|
|Favorite Player :||Sachin Tendulkar|
Some Known Facts About Smriti Mandhana :
- Does Smriti Mandhana smoke: Not Known
- Does Smriti Mandhana drink alcohol: Not Known
- She belongs to a family of cricketers. His father and brother played district level cricket for
- She made her mind to be a cricketer after watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16 tournaments. Shravan, her brother, still bowls her in the nets.
- Mandhana was just 9 when she was selected to play for Maharashtra’s Under-15 team at district-level.
- Maharashtra Under-19 Cricket team picked her up in 2007 to play for them while she aged just 11.
- In September 2016, she became one of the first two Indians to be signed to play in the Women’s Big Bash League after Brisbane Heat signed her up for the then edition of the tournament.
- On 25 September 2018, the Government of India conferred Smriti Mandhana with the Arjuna Award.
- 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.
- In order to utilize her heroic batting style and huge numbers in the domestic bricket, the selectors named her to the international squad in April 2013.