Not much is known to the cricketing fans across the globe about this swashbuckling Indian opener, Smriti Mandhana. She had a crucial role in India’s four consecutive victories in the ongoing women’s world cup in England. This 20-year old Indian opener is making all the heads turn as she gets to bat. Its been four years since her debut against Bangladesh in 2013 and had even played a couple of test matches.
Ever since she hit the century against West Indies in the ongoing Women’s World Cup, apart from a well-made 90 against hosts England, she, in fact, has evolved as the ‘national crush of India’.
So, here are some of the facts about the southpaw, you should know:
Cricket in her blood: Did you know Smriti Mandhana has cricket running in her blood, yes you heard it right. Smriti’s father and her brother represented Maharashtra in U-16 tournaments and also played district level cricket.
Record To Envy: She is the only Indian batswoman to have scored an international double hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODI’s). Smriti scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls in the West Indies Zone U-19 tournament. She may have done it at a junior level but what does she have to do if she is young.
The Foreign League: She happens to be one of the two Indian players to get a contract with the iconic Australian Big Bash League. She represents the Brisbane Heat. Harmanpreet Kaur is the other Indian.
Feat: Smriti was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Woman’s Team of the year 2016. Now, that is a big feat.
Early Rise: She was selected to play for Maharashtra U-19 at the age of just 11. She also happens to be the youngest Indian to score a hundred in senior level cricket. She scored that hundred in Australia at the age of 16, she scored 102 off 109 balls in a losing cause.
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The cricketing fans just went crazy after seeing her performance on TV and they started creating videos for her. Here are the few: