Smriti Mandhana, the talented Indian cricketer, is celebrating her 27th birthday. Since making her international debut at the age of 16, Mandhana has become a key player for the Indian women’s cricket team. She has represented India in 4 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 119 T20Is.
Mandhana gained prominence during the 2017 ICC World Cup, where she played a crucial role in taking India to the finals. Although they were defeated by England by 9 runs, Mandhana’s batting skills were widely recognized.
She holds several impressive records and achievements:
Mandhana became the third-quickest Indian and the tenth-fastest overall in women’s cricket history to score 1000 runs in T20Is. It took her just 49 innings to achieve this milestone.In February 2019, she set the record for the fastest T20I fifty by an Indian player, reaching the milestone in just 24 balls against New Zealand.
Mandhana became the first player in the history of women’s ODIs to score ten consecutive fifties or more while chasing. Her remarkable streak began in 2018 with a knock of 67 runs off 53 deliveries against Australia. She was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2018 and 2021, recognizing her outstanding performances and contributions to the sport.
Mandhana scored a half-century on her Test debut in India’s historic Test victory over England.In 2021, she partnered with Shafali Verma to achieve a partnership of 167 runs in a Test match against England, which is the fourth-highest in the history of women’s Test cricket. She and Australia’s Elyse Perry are the only players to have won the prestigious ‘Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award’ twice. Mandhana was also named the ICC’s ODI Player of the Year in 2018 after accumulating the highest points in the calendar year.
These records and achievements showcase Mandhana’s exceptional talent and her significant contributions to Indian women’s cricket. As a senior member of the team, she has established herself as a pillar of the Indian women’s cricket squad and continues to excel with her elegant batting style and valuable performances.
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