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Smriti Mandhana: A Trailblazing Journey of Records and Achievements

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Smriti Mandhana, the name synonymous with grace, elegance, and power, is not just a cricketer; she’s an icon, a role model, and a testament to the ever-growing prowess of women’s cricket in India. Her journey, from a precocious teenager to a global superstar, is an inspiring tale of dedication, talent, and an unwavering passion for the game.

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Early Blazing Glory: A Prodigy Takes Flight

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Born in 1996, Smriti’s cricketing instincts blossomed early. By the tender age of nine, she was already captaining her school team. Her exceptional talent soon caught the eyes of selectors, and at 16, she made her international debut in 2013, becoming the third-youngest Indian woman to play for the national team.

Record-Breaking Prowess: A Force to be Reckoned With

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Since then, Smriti’s career has been a relentless march towards cricketing glory. Her batting is a masterclass in timing, shot selection, and an ability to find boundaries with effortless ease. She holds the record for the fastest double-century in women’s cricket, achieved in a U-19 tournament in 2013.

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ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Twice Blessed

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Her accolades speak volumes of her impact:

  • ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2018 and 2021 – a feat achieved by only a handful of players.
  • Arjuna Award in 2019, one of India’s highest sporting honors.
  • Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy (ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year) in 2021.
  • Sportstar ACES Awards 2020 – Sportswoman of the Year.

Some records and achievements of Smriti Mandhana

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  • Smriti made her international debut at the age of just 16 in an encounter against Bangladesh in the year 2013.
  • She also became the 3rd quickest Indian to score 1000 runs in the T20 International format. She was also the 10th fastest batter in women’s cricket history to achieve this feat. She took just 49 innings to achieve this historic feat.
  • In February 2019, Mandhana broke the record for the fastest half-century by an Indian batter in the T20I format. She smashed her half-century against New Zealand in just 24 balls.
  • It is also worth mentioning that Mandhana became the first player in the history of One Day International to score 10 consecutive half-centuries or more while chasing.
  • She has won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award twice – in 2018 and 2021.
  • Mandhana has also smashed a half-century on her Test debut in India’s historic Test victory over England.
  • In 2021 in a Test game against England, Smriti put up a solid partnership of 167 runs with Shafali Verma. This is also the fourth-highest collaboration in women’s Test cricket history.
  • And to top it all off, Smriti Mandhana was also named the ICC’s ODI Player Of the Year in 2018 after scoring the highest points in the calendar year.

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Beyond Numbers: A Leader and an Inspiration

Smriti’s influence extends beyond the scorecard. She is a vocal advocate for gender equality in sports, inspiring countless young girls to pick up a bat and chase their cricketing dreams.

Captaincy Stint: Leading from the Front

In 2019, she became the youngest T20I captain for India, demonstrating her leadership qualities and strategic acumen. Her calm demeanor, sharp cricketing mind, and ability to rally her team make her a natural leader on and off the field.

A Global Star: Shining Bright on the World Stage

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Smriti’s brilliance transcends borders. She has thrived in franchise leagues worldwide, from the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia to the Kia Super League in England. Her international achievements include:

  • First Indian woman to score a century in both ODIs and Tests in Australia.
  • Fastest fifty in T20Is by an Indian woman (24 balls).
  • Third fastest Indian woman to 1000 runs in T20Is.

Looking Ahead: A Future Filled with Promise

At the young age of 27, Smriti has already established herself as a legend in the making. Her hunger for runs, her unwavering commitment, and her infectious enthusiasm for the game promise many more chapters to be written in her cricketing saga.

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Smriti Mandhana is more than just a cricketer; she is a symbol of hope, inspiration, and the limitless potential of Indian women’s cricket. As she continues to weave magic with her willow, one can only anticipate the records she will shatter, the heights she will scale, and the young girls she will inspire along the way.

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