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Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana
Mandhana in 2019
Personal information
Full name
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana
Born (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 27)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleOpening batter
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 76)13 August 2014 v England
Last Test24 December 2023 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 106)10 April 2013 v Bangladesh
Last ODI2 January 2024 v Australia
ODI shirt no.18
T20I debut (cap 40)5 April 2013 v Bangladesh
Last T20I9 January 2024 v Australia
T20I shirt no.18
Domestic team information
2016/17Brisbane Heat
2018/19Hobart Hurricanes
2018–2019Western Storm
2021–presentSouthern Brave
2021/22Sydney Thunder
2023–presentRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WBBL
Matches 6 82 128 38
Runs scored 480 3242 3104 784
Batting average 48 42.6 27.5 24.50
100s/50s 1/3 5/26 0/23 1/4
Top score 127 135 87 114*
Balls bowled 28
Wickets 3
Bowling average 6.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/6
Catches/stumpings 1/– 21/– 26/– 12/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 09 January 2024
Medal record
Representing  India
Women's Cricket
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Team
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Team
World Cup
Runner-up 2017 England and Wales
T20 World Cup
Runner-up 2020 Australia

Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana (/smrɪ.t ˈmɑːn.dən.ɑː/ smri-tee MAHN-dən-ah;[1] born 18 July 1996) is an Indian cricketer who represents the Indian women's national team. She plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Women's Premier League (WPL).[2][3][4] In domestic cricket, she represents the Maharashtra cricket team.[4]

In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) awarded her 'the Best Women's International Cricketer' in BCCI awards.[5] In December 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year.[6] On 30 December 2021, she became a nominee of the ICC Women's T20 Player of the Year.[7] In December 2021, she, Tammy Beaumont, Lizelle Lee and Gaby Lewis were nominated for the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year.[8] In January 2022, the ICC gave her the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year.[9]

Early and personal life

Mandhana was born on 18 July 1996 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, to Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana, in a Marwari Hindu family. Her father worked as a chemical distributor, while her mother was a housewife.[10][11][12] When she was two years old, the family moved to Madhavnagar, a suburb of Sangli in Maharashtra, where she completed her schooling. She attended Chintaman Rao College of Commerce in Sangli.[13][14] Mandhana's father played cricket at the district level for Sangli, as did her brother, Shravan, who is now a bank manager. Watching her brother compete in Maharashtra state Under-16 tournaments inspired Mandhana to take up the sport. By the age of nine, she was selected for Maharashtra's Under-15 team, and by eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19 team.[13]

Domestic career

Her first breakthrough came in October 2013, when she became the first Indian woman to score a double-hundred in a one-day game. Playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat, she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament, at the Alembic Cricket Ground in Vadodara.[15]

In the 2016 Women's Challenger Trophy, Mandhana scored three half-centuries for India Red in as many games, and helped her team win the trophy by making an unbeaten 62 off 82 balls in the final against India Blue. With 192 runs, she emerged as the tournament's top-scorer.[16]

In September 2016, Mandhana was signed up for a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), and along with Harmanpreet Kaur, became one of the first two Indians to be signed up for the League.[17] Playing against Melbourne Renegades in January 2017, she fell awkwardly while fielding after bowling the final ball of her over hurting her knee. She was ruled out of the rest of the tournament which she ended having scored 89 runs in 12 innings.[18][19]

In June 2018, Mandhana signed for Kia Super League defending champions Western Storm, becoming the first Indian to play in the league.[20] In November 2018, she was named in the Hobart Hurricanes' squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[21][22] In 2021, she was drafted by Southern Brave for the inaugural season of The Hundred.[23] She played for them in 7 games and scored 167 runs before leaving them for India's tour of Australia.[24]

In September 2021, she was named in the Sydney Thunder's squad for the 2021-22 Women's Big Bash League season.[25][26] She scored a hundred in the season, equalling the record for the tournament's highest ever score.[27]

In February 2022, she was retained by Southern Brave for the 2022 edition of the Hundred.[28]

In the inaugural WPL auction held in February 2023, she was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹3.4 crores, making her the highest-bid player in the auction and was also elected as the team's captain.[29][2] Under her captaincy, Royal Challengers Bangalore won their maiden WPL title in 2024, marking a significant turnaround from the previous season's challenges. Finishing the tournament as the second-highest run scorer, Mandhana played a pivotal role in RCB's successful campaign.[30]

International career

Smriti Mandhana made her Test debut in August 2014 against England at Wormsley Park. She helped her team to win the match by scoring 22 and 51 in her first and second innings, respectively; in the latter innings, she shared in an opening-wicket partnership of 76 runs with Thirush Kamini, chasing 182.[31][32]

In the second ODI game of India's tour of Australia in 2016 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Mandhana scored her maiden international hundred (102 off 109 balls), in a losing cause.[33] Mandhana was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women's Team of the Year 2016.[34]

Mandhana came into the team for the 2017 World Cup after recovering from an injury she sustained, an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, during her time at the WBBL in January that year. In her five-month recovery period, she missed the World Cup Qualifier and the Quadrangular Series in South Africa.[35] She began the World Cup with a 90 against England in Derby, in the first of the group matches. She helped her team win by 35 runs, and was named the player of the match.[36] followed by her second hundred in a One Day International against West Indies,(106*)

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.[37][38][39]

Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest fifty for India in Women's T20Is of just 24 balls against New Zealand in February 2019. In March 2018, she also scored the fifty for India in a Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) fixture, taking 30 balls to reach a half-century against Australia in the 2017–18 India women's Tri-Nation Series.[40] The following month, she was named the player of the series, for the three WODI matches played England.[41] On 3 August 2018, she scored the first century in the 2018 Women's Cricket Super League.[42][43]

In October 2018, she was named in India's squad for the Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[44][45] Ahead of the tournament, she was named as the star of the team.[46] During the tournament, she became the third cricketer for India to score 1,000 runs in WT20I matches.[47] She ended that year as the leading run-scorer in WODIs with 669 at an average of 66.90. She was adjudged the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year.[48]

In February 2019, she was named as the captain of India's Women T20I squad for the three match against England. She became the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women's team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. At 22 years and 229 days, the India women's cricket team opener is taking over from Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the three-match series with an ankle injury.[49]

In May 2019, she has won the International Woman Cricketer of the Year awards at CEAT International Cricket Awards 2019.[50] In November 2019, during the series against West Indies, she became the third-fastest cricketer, in terms of innings, to score 2,000 runs in WODIs, doing so in her 51st innings.[51]

In January 2020, she was named in India's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[52]

In May 2021, she was named in India's Test squad for their one-off match against England.[53] In August 2021, she was also named in India's Test squad for their one-off match against Australia.[54] In the first innings of the match, she scored her first century in Test cricket.[55] She became the first Indian female cricketer to score a century in both ODIs and Tests in Australia.[56][57] In January 2022, she was named in India's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[58] In July 2022, she was named as the vice-captain of India's team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.[59] Finally she won gold medal in 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.[60]

See also


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