Smriti Mandhana turns 26 today, on 18 July.
The swashbuckling opener has been a part of the India women’s team for almost a decade now.
Mandhana made her T20 and ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2013. A year later, she was added to the Test squad against England. Since then, she has been an important part of the national team. She has scored 325 runs in 4 Tests and 2,892 runs in 74 ODIs, including 5 tons and 23 half-centuries. She has also slammed 2,033 runs in 87 T20Is, with 14 half-centuries to her credit.
The southpaw opener holds the record of being the youngest captain to lead India women in the T20I format. She is the second fastest Indian batter to achieve the 1,000-run mark in women’s T20s.
With several records to her name, the left-handed opener is one of the most exciting players to follow right now. Mandhana also has a huge fan following on her social media accounts.
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.
Smriti Mandhana: The left-hander has amassed more than 5000 runs across all three formats of the game
- Third-fastest Indian Batter To Reach 1000 Run Milestone in T20I.
- India’s Youngest T20I Captain.
- Fastest T20I Fifty By An Indian.
- First Cricketer To Score 10 Consecutive 50+ Scores In ODIs While Chasing.
Here is a sneak peek into her Instagram gallery on her birthday: