10 Interesting Facts About Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana is an Indian cricketer who plays as an opening batter for the Indian women’s national team and the Trailblazers in the Women’s T20 Challenge. She is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, known for her aggressive and elegant batting style. Mandhana began her career at a young age, playing for the Maharashtra Under-19 team before making her debut for the Indian national team in 2013. She quickly established herself as a key player, scoring her first international century in 2014 and becoming the first Indian woman to score a double century in a One Day International match in 2019. In 2018, Mandhana was named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, and has also been named in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year for 2018 and 2019. In addition to her international success, Mandhana has also had a successful career in domestic cricket, playing for the Western Storm in the Kia Super League in England and the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia. Mandhana’s performances have played a key role in the Indian team’s success in recent years, including reaching the final of the 2017 World Cup and winning the 2018 Asia Cup. Off the field, she is known for her humility and has been an advocate for the growth of women’s cricket in India. Do you think you know everything there is to know about Smriti Mandhana? Think again! Check out these 10 interesting facts about Smriti Mandhana you may have never heard.
Smriti says: “Everyone has their goals and all kinds of moments come in life but you cannot forget your goals. If you are desperate, your goals encourage you.”
FACT#1. Smriti comes from a family that has a deep connection with cricket. His father and brother have played cricket at the district level for Sangli. His brother has also played in Maharashtra Under 16.
FACT#2. At the age of 9, Smriti was selected in Maharashtra Under 15 team. At the age of 11, she started playing in the Under 19 team for her state.
FACT#3. In 2013 Smriti became the first Indian woman cricketer to score a double century in ODIs and her name figured in the record book. He scored 224 off 150 balls against Gujarat while playing for Maharashtra in the West Zone Under 19 competition.
FACT#4. Smriti left the 12th examination for the World T20 Cup 2014. Not only this, but he also did not take admission in the college for the tour of England.
FACT#5. Smriti, though serious in the field but she is a master in making a prank. She is like listening to songs of Arijit Singh and reading books. Rahul Dravid gave a bat his elder brother “Shravan” in the gift which she has kept to date. She holds the bat in her kit bag but does not play with it.
FACT#6. Mandhana wanted to bat like Mathew Hayden but then she started playing like Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara because his timing was very good. Hayden was praised for watching him bat in Australia.
FACT#7. Mandhana was signed by Weeman Big Bash League along with Harmanpreet Kaur in September 2016. These are the first Indian women cricketers to be promoted in both leagues.
FACT#8. Smriti’s family takes a keen interest in his cricket. His father prepares his cricket program while his mother takes care of his food. His brother helps him practice.
FACT#9. Mandhana is the only Indian player to be included in the 2016 ICC Women’s Team of the Year.
FACT#10. Smriti is the youngest Indian player to score a century in the Women’s World Cup. In June 2017, he scored 103 runs in ODIs against the West Indies.
A housewife who used to be a householder was not very enthusiastic about her daughter’s mastery in the kitchen. The brother used to see that his younger sister followed him to the cricket field and the businessman’s father just wanted his children to fulfill their dreams in the world of sports. It is due to the support from her progressive family that Smriti Mandhana is a great opener of Indian women’s cricket team today.