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Smriti Mandhana is an Indian women cricketer whose name has gained news and social media’s attention in recent times. Smriti is the opening left-handed batsman of Indian women’s cricket team who has become the headlines of media for her incredible batting performance in the match over last few weeks.
But there are a lot of people who don’t even heard her name so far and this is only because in India, people are not that much fascinated with women’s cricket as much as they are fascinated with men’s cricket. Her life is a great inspiration to those girls who wish to take a career in sports.
Here are the things you should know about Smriti Mandhana and her journey in Cricket.
Full name: Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana
Born: 18 July 1996, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
From: Sangli, Maharashtra
Batting style: Left-handed
Bowling style: Right-arm medium pace
Smriti Mandhana’s Childhood
Miss. Mandhana was born in Mumbai on 18 July 1996 as a daughter of Mr. Srinivas and Smitha. But when she was just 2 years of age, her parents shifted to Sangli. Her father Srinivas Mandhana was a former district level cricketer, who dreamed about his kids making a career in Indian cricket. Her mother Smitha Mandhana was also very supportive from the beginning even though it is tough for any mother to make up the mind to allow their daughter to choose a male dominated career. According to Srinivas, Smriti was merely 3 years old when she took a plastic bat in her hand strike. From there to the aggressive opener of Indian women cricket team is the result of sheer determination and hard work.
Her Inspiration to Cricket
Like mentioned earlier, it was Smriti’s father who always wanted his both kids to choose a career in Indian cricket and represent India at international level. Smriti’s interest in cricket came from her brother Shravan, who played for U- 16 group in Maharashtra. Smriti decided her career as a cricketer when she saw her mother getting proud her brother’s achievement.
Even though her brother took a different career later, Smriti continued her efforts to make her dad’s dream come true. The whole family supported and encouraged Smriti’s decision. Her father was the one who managed her training programs, while her mother took care of her healthy diet. Her brother also finds time from his busy banking career to encourage his little sister in her training.
Her Journey in Cricket:
- Smriti started playing in Maharashtra U-16 team at the age of 9
- She was selected to Under 19 team of Maharashtra at the age of 11.
- At the age of 15, Smriti decided to give cricket a break and took it up again after one year.
- Smriti got her first international debut at the age of 16, and her talent was recognized throughout the game.
- Smriti scored a double century in an ODI for Maharashtra against Gujarat. She remains undefeated in the game with a score of 224 from 150 balls.
- She made her test debut for India just after one year, in 2014 against Australia scoring 22 and 51 in the innings.
- In 2016, she scored her first ODI century Australia (102 out of 109 balls). Later in the same year, she was signed up for a 1-year contract with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League, becoming the second Indian women cricketer to achieve this.
- She scored 90 out of 72 balls, which add up the run rate of the team in 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup and lead the team to victory against England on 24th
- After that, her incredible batting skills were celebrated by the news and social Media.
Her Role Model in Cricket
Scoring heavy in recent matches and her Jersey numbered 18 led people compare Smriti Mandhana to Virat Kohli. She was also compared to Virender Sehwag because of her aggressive style of batting. But Viru however, corrects them by stating that she is not next Sehwag, but the first version of Smriti. Smriti considers Yuvraj Singh as her inspiration and is a fan of Sri Lankan player Kumar Sangakkara. Her coach Anant Tambvekar, once told the press that being a left-handed batsman, she mostly tries to copy the batting style of these two.
Not only had her terrific batting talent setting the internet on fire, but her cute little smile also wins hearts all over the nation. Her back-to-back knocks against England and West Indies gave her the limelight, but apparently, her cuteness also received nation’s interest. The latest trends online a show that, Smriti Mandhana has replaced Disha Patani as India’s new crush.
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