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Smriti Mandhana: Heartthrob of Indian Women’s Cricket Team

Stylish left-hander and opener of the Indian Women’s Cricket team, Smriti Mandhana has mesmerized everyone with her sublime cricket shots ever since she made her debut in the national team. The hot-handed teenager was never interested in science or a probable career in hospitality. All she wanted to do was take the bat and hit the ball out of the park. ANd her undying passion for cricket is what made her only the second Indian cricketer to feature in a foreign T20 league, score a World Cup century and become one of the few cricketers to score a double ton in domestic one-day competition. This is Smriti Mandhana for you! 

Full Name
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana
Sport Category
Date of Birth
18 July 1996
Sangli, Maharashtra
5ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Batting Style
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium
Teams Played for
Indian Women Cricket Team, Brisbane Heat Women, India Green Women, Maharashtra Women, Trailblazers, Western Storm

Smriti Mandhana Biography

Early Days

SM Biography
Credits: DNA India

Father Shriniwas Mandhana represented Sangli district and came close to being picked for Maharashtra cricket team. This former district-level cricketer wanted any of his children to fulfil his personal ambition of playing for India because he couldn’t. But the left-handed Smriti was fulfilling a dream of her own too.

Smriti Mandhana was born on 18th July 1996 in Mumbai. When she was two-years-old, her family moved to Sangli, where she concluded her schooling. Both her father and brother Shravan played cricket at the district-level for Sangli.

Mandhana was inspired to take up cricket after she watched her brother compete in the Maharashtra state Under-16 tournament.

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“I used to train in the morning, then go to school, and then have nets in the evening,” she says. “Sometimes, if the teachers let me go early, I used to finish evening nets and then go home and watch TV,” remembers Smriti.

At 15 while moving out to Mumbai or Bangalore for training was not a possible option, Smriti got a concrete pitch built with her savings for her batting sessions.

All those sacrifices paid off when she earned India call-up in 2013 for a short limited-overs series against Bangladesh. A call-up to the World T20 meant she had to skip her Class XII board exams. Later a tour of England that year meant she would have had to miss a year and forego admissions into a hotel management course she wanted to enrol for.

Domestic career

When she was 9-years-old, Smriti played for Maharashtra’s U/15 team. By the time she turned 11, she was already a part of the Maharashtra Under-19 team.

In October 2013, Mandhana became the first Indian woman to score a double-hundred in a one-day game. Playing for Maharashtra, she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament against Gujarat.

In the 2016 Women’s Challenger Trophy, she became the tournament’s top-scorer, scoring 192 runs, and helping her team to win the Trophy by clinching 62* in the final against India Blue.

International career

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Smriti Mandhana at just 18 years and 29 days made her debut in Indian Women Test Team.


Test Debut

Mandhana scored a 50 on her Test debut. That innings played a crucial hand in India’s historic Test win in England in 2014.

International hundred

In the second ODI game of India’s tour of Australia in 2016, Mandhana went on to score her maiden international hundred (102 runs off 109 balls).

Smriti Mandhana was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016.

Injury at WBBL

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An injured Smriti during WBBL.

In September 2016, Smriti Mandhana signed a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). However, during a Women’s Big Bash League game, she turned to her right to field a ball, and her left boot got stuck in the turf as the rest of her body twisted.

She crumpled to the ground, clutching her left knee in pain. Smriti had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee. Her WBBL was over but the question on her mind was – will I be fit in time for the World Cup?

A surgery followed, and five months of intense rehab, most of which were spent at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

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“The NCA was closed on weekends, so there would be no one there to bowl to her. So I travelled to the NCA from Sangli on weekends to help her train”, said Anant Tambwekar, her coach in Sangli.

“She wanted to get as much practice as possible in the short time she had.”

Mandhana’s name was announced in India’s World Cup squad, a vindication of the hard work she had put in to get fit in time for her first World Cup.

Smriti Mandhana at World Cup

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Smriti Mandhana

She started her 2017 World Cup journey with a bang – “The player of the match” for 90 against England in the first of the group matches. She scored her second ODI hundred (106 not out) against West Indies.

Smriti Mandhana has evolved as a player in recent times and has been the most consistent performer for the Indian team. With an eye on the future, India might look at Smriti Mandhana as the team’s captain.

Smriti Mandhana missed the World Cup Qualifier and the Quadrangular Series in South Africa due to injury. She began the 2017 World Cup with a 90 against England in the first of the group matches. Mandhana helped her team win by 35 runs and was named the player of the match. She scored her second ODI hundred (106 not out) against West Indies.

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The Indian Women’s cricket team that reached the finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Mandhana was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.

In March 2018, she scored the fastest fifty against Australia in the women’s Tri-Nation Series, taking 30 balls to reach a half-century.

Stats: Smriti Mandhana

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct
Tests 2 3 0 81 51 27.00 186 43.54 0 1 14 0 0
ODIs 50 50 4 1951 135 42.41 2336 83.51 4 16 238 22 17
T20Is 58 56 4 1298 86 24.96 1090 119.08 0 9 156 29 10

Lesser Known Facts about Smriti Mandhana

  • She idolises Matthew Hayden and Kumar Sangakkara.
  • Smriti played with bat gifted by Rahul Dravid when she scored unbeaten 224 in West Zone U-19 Cricket League against Gujarat.
  • She wears the same number jersey (18) as Virat Kohli.
  • Smriti is the brand ambassador for POWER brand of Bata.
  • She is a big fan of fellow cricketer Jhulan Goswami and looks up to her as a role model.

Did you Know?

  1. Smriti was named in the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 for her exceptional performance.
  2. She started 2019 being the top ranked batswoman in ICC’s rankings.
  3. It was Smriti’s brother who inspired her to take up cricket at an age of 6. That turned
  4. She was the only Indian batsman to be named in the ICC Women’s team of the year.
  5. Her first ODI century was against Australia in Hobart where she knocked a punch of 102 runs.
  6. Mandhana was the first Indian woman to score a double hundred in a one day game, playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat in October 2013.
  7. Smriti Mandhana is the 2nd Indian cricketer to sign a 1-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League, following Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.


Best International Cricketer – Women: BCCI Awards 2017-18

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Always good to be back home. Can’t wait to get back into action. #Recharge #GivesYouWings

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Here we come Malaysia!! #asiacup

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Jai Hind! ?? ??

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