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Smriti Mandhana Biography
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is a cricketer from India who competes for the Indian women’s national team. She was born on July 18, 1996, and her full name is Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honored her with the title of Best Women’s International Cricketer back in June of 2018. In December of 2018, she was presented with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as recognition for being the year’s top female cricket player. On the 30th of December in 2021, she was put forward as a candidate for the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year award. It was announced in December 2021 that she, along with Tammy Beaumont, Lizelle Lee, and Gaby Lewis, had been nominated for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. In January of 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) bestowed upon her the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Early and personal life
Mandhana was born into a Marwari family on July 18, 1996 in the city of Mumbai. His parents, Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana, were his parents.
Her family relocated to Madhavnagar, Sangli, in the state of Maharashtra, when she was just two years old, and it is where she finished her formal education. Her father and brother, Shravan, were both members of the Sangli cricket team that competed at the district level. After she watched her brother compete in the Maharashtra state Under-16s competitions, she became interested in picking up the sport of cricket herself. She was chosen to be a member of the Maharashtra Under-15 squad when she was just nine years old. She was selected for the Maharashtra Under-19s squad when she was only eleven years old.
The Mandhana family is very supportive of Mandhana in her pursuit of a career in cricket. Her mother Smita is in charge of her diet, clothing, and other organizational aspects, while her brother Shravan continues to bowl to her in the nets. Her father Shrinivas, who is a chemical distributor, is in charge of her cricket program. Her mother Smita is in charge of her diet.
Her first major accomplishment came in October of 2013, when she made history by becoming the first Indian woman to score a hundred and a double in a one-day match. During the West Zone Under-19 Tournament, which took place at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara, she made 224 runs without losing a wicket while playing for Maharashtra versus Gujarat. Her innings took 150 balls.
Mandhana contributed to India Red’s victory in the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy by scoring three half-centuries in as many games for India Red. She also contributed to India Red’s victory by making an unbeaten 62 off of 82 balls in the final match against India Blue. She finished in first place in the competition with 192 runs to her credit.
Along with Harmanpreet Kaur, Mandhana became one of the first two Indians to be signed up for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in September 2016, when she signed a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the WBBL. While playing against Melbourne Renegades in January 2017, she fell awkwardly while fielding after bowling the final ball of her over, which injured her knee. She was eliminated from the rest of the competition, which she finished having completed with 89 runs scored over the course of 12 innings.
In June of 2018, Mandhana became the first Indian player to ever participate in the Kia Super League when he signed with the Western Storm, who were the reigning league champions. It was announced in November 2018 that she would be playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Women’s Big Bash League during the 2018–19 season. She was drafted by Southern Brave in 2021 for the first season of The Hundred, and she played for them in seven games, scoring 167 runs, before she left to play for India on their tour of Australia.
In September of 2021, she was given a spot on the Sydney Thunder team that would compete in the Women’s Big Bash League during the 2021-22 season. She finished the season with a score of one hundred, tying the record for the best score ever achieved in the competition.
She was retained by Southern Brave for the 2022 edition of the Hundred, which took place in February of that year.
In August of 2014, Mandhana competed in her first ever Test match against England at Worsley Park. She contributed to her team’s victory in the match by scoring 22 and 51 runs in her first and second innings, respectively. In her second innings, she shared an opening wicket partnership with Thirush Kamini that was worth 76 runs, while they were chasing 182.
Mandhana made her first century in international competition during India’s tour of Australia in 2016, when the team played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Her total was 102 runs off 109 balls, however India ended up losing the game. Only Mandhana represented India in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year for 2016, which was selected by the ICC.
Mandhana was able to participate in the World Cup in 2017 after making a full recovery from an injury she suffered in January of that year while playing in the WBBL. The injury she suffered was a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. During her period of recovery, which lasted for five months, she was unable to compete in the World Cup Qualifier or the Quadrangular Series in South Africa. She scored a 90 against England in Derby, which was the first match of the group stage. The match took place during the World Cup. She was chosen the player of the match after contributing to her team’s victory, which they achieved by a score of 35 runs to 1. after which she scored her second hundred in a One-Day International match against the West Indies (106*).
At the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Mandhana was a member of the Indian side that advanced to the championship match, which they ultimately lost to England by a score of nine runs.
In February 2019, Smriti Mandhana set a new record for India’s women’s Twenty20 Internationals by reaching fifty off of just 24 balls against New Zealand. It took her 30 balls against Australia in the 2017–18 India women’s Tri-Nation Series to reach a half-century for India in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match that she played in March of 2018. She also reached the half-century mark for India in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I). The following month, she was recognized as the player of the series for the three WODI matches that were played in England.  On August 3, 2018, she made the first century in the 2018 Women’s Cricket Super League. [Citation needed]
She was selected to be a member of India’s squad in October 2018 for the Women’s World Twenty20 event that was held in the West Indies.
Ahead of the competition, it was decided that she would be the standout player on the squad.
During the course of the competition, she became the third Indian cricket player to reach the milestone of scoring 1,000 runs in Women’s Twenty20 International matches. She finished the year with 669 runs scored in WODIs, which gave her an average of 66.90 runs scored per game. Both the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Women’s One-Day International Player of the Year were bestowed to her.
She was given the role of captain of India’s Women T20I side in February 2019, and it was announced that the matches will be played against England. When she captained India’s women’s team against England in the maiden Twenty20 International match held in Guwahati, she set a record for being India’s youngest ever T20I captain. The India women’s cricket team opener will take over for Harmanpreet Kaur, who will not be participating in the upcoming three-match series due to an ankle injury. The opener will have 22 years and 229 days under her belt.
She was awarded the title of International Woman Cricketer of the Year at the CEAT International Cricket Awards in May 2019. She did so in her 51st innings, becoming her the third-fastest cricketer in terms of innings to reach 2,000 runs in WODIs. This accomplishment took place in November 2019, during a series against the West Indies.
Her inclusion in India’s squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020 was announced in January of that same year.
She was included in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against England in May of 2021. The match took place in May.
Additionally, she was given a spot in India’s Test squad for their one-off match against Australia in the month of August 2021. She became the first Indian female cricketer to make a century in both one-day internationals and tests played in Australia. Her century came in the first innings of the match, which was also the first innings of her debut Test match. She was selected to represent India at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2022, which was held in January of that year. She was given the position of vice-captain of India’s squad for the cricket competition that was to take place at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, in the month of July 2022.
Family, Caste & Boyfriend
The Marwari ethnic group is one that Smriti Mandhana is a member of. Her father, Shrinivas Mandhana, is a former cricket player who competed at the district level. Smita Mandhana is the name of the woman who gave birth to her. Her brother, Shravan Mandhana, who played cricket at the district level in the past and now works as a branch manager for a private bank in Sangli, is her namesake.
- Arjuna Award in 2018
- Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for Women Cricketer of the Year in 2018
- ICC Women’s ODI player of the year in 2018
- Food: Bhel
- Cricketer: Virat Kohli, Matthew Hayden
- Actor: Hrithik Roshan, Kartik Aryan
- Singer: Arijit Singh
- Car: Audi 8
- She comes from a long line of cricket players in her family. After seeing her brother compete in cricket at Maharashtra state U-16 events, she became inspired to pursue a career in the sport herself and made the decision to do so. While discussing it, she stated that-
One day, I thought I should also be scoring runs like this. My father never said no to me, so whenever my brother went for a net session, he used to lob balls at me gently.”
- In 2013, she was given a spot on the international squad so that the selectors could take advantage of her heroic batting style and big number of runs scored in domestic cricket.
- In 2013, she made history by becoming the first Indian woman to score a century in a one-day cricket match. In the west zone of the U-19 competition, she hit 224 out of just 150 balls. This was a tournament record.
- She was the highest run-scorer in the women’s challengers trophy in 2016, with a total of 192 runs and three century in as many matches as any other player.
- After Brisbane Heat became a part of the Women’s Big Bash League for its first season in 2017, she was one of the first two Indian players to be signed by a team to compete in the league. Another one of them is named Harmanpreet Kaur.
- She has a passion for the kitchen and attended cooking classes while she was in fifth and sixth grade.
- She had the idea in the beginning to work in hotel management, and she is still interested in opening her own restaurants.
- In addition to being a good cook, she also enjoys being behind the wheel.
- When Smriti was six years old, she engaged in a great deal of conversation concerning games and batting. She used to compete against the lads in gully cricket.
- Her brother played in the left field for the baseball team. As a result of watching her brother play, she eventually acquired a style similar to his. While referring to her brother, she stated that
I learnt everything just by watching him closely; no one really taught me the shots. When we used to play together, we would have similar batting styles. People could only distinguish between the two of us because I had a ponytail.”
- When Smriti goes to her training, she brings a bat with her, although she never actually uses it. This bat was given to her older brother, Shravan, by Rahul Dravid with his autograph on it.
- When she first began out, one of her goals was to become a hitter like Matthew Hayden. She remodeled her batting style to be more like that of Kumar Sangakkara after her coaches instructed her on the appropriate times and informed her that sheer force was not her strong suit.
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