Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana (born 18 July 1996) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team. In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer. In December 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year. She was also named the ODI Player of the Year by the ICC at the same time.
|Full name||Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana|
|Born||18 July 1996 (age 23)|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Bowling||Right-arm medium pace|
|Test debut (cap 75)||13 August 2014 v England|
|Last Test||16 November 2014 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 106)||10 April 2013 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||6 November 2019 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||18|
|T20I debut (cap 40)||5 April 2013 v Bangladesh|
|Last T20I||8 March 2020 v Australia|
|T20I shirt no.||18|
|Domestic team information|
When she was two, the family moved to Madhavnagar, Sangli in Maharashtra, where she completed her schooling. Both her father and brother, Shravan, played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli. She was inspired to take up cricket after watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16s tournaments. At the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. At eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19s team.
Mandhana’s family is closely involved in her cricketing activities. Her father Shrinivas, a chemical distributor, takes care of her cricket programme, her mother Smita is in charge of her diet, clothing and other organisation aspects, and her brother Shravan still bowls to her in the nets.
Her first breakthrough came in October 2013 when she became the first Indian woman to achieve 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.
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.
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. 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.
In June 2018, Mandhana signed for Kia Super League defending champions Western Storm, becoming the first Indian to play in the league. In November 2018, she was named in the Hobart Hurricanes‘ squad for the 2018–19 Women’s Big Bash League season.