Smriti Mandhana, who celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday, is a famous name in Indian cricket not just for her cricketing abilities, but for her looks as well. She is termed by many as the “national crush”.
Smriti is a swashbuckling opener for India in all forms of the game and is currently the vice-captain of the Indian T20I team. She is the only batswoman from India who has scored double hundred in a one day game in domestic cricket.
Smriti once scored 224 runs off just 150 balls while playing for Maharashtra in a domestic U19 one day game against Gujarat.
The 23-year old is also the youngest Indian to have scored a century in an ODI World Cup. The left-hander was just 20 years of age when she registered a three figure score to his name playing against West Indies in a World Cup game in 2017.
Smriti scored two hundreds in the ODI World Cup 2017 and her dominance at the top of the order was one of the main reasons why India qualified for the final of the tournament.
Smriti’s performance in the World Cup 2017 didn’t go unnoticed and was recognized by the ICC a year later as she was named ICC’s ODI player of the year in 2018.
Overall, Smriti has scored 2025 runs in 51 ODIs so far at an average of 43.08. She has played 74 T20Is as well and has scored 1705 runs with 12 half-centuries. Smriti is the second fastest player from India to reach the 2000-run mark in One Day International cricket.
Apart from her cricketing heroics, Smriti is known for her cheeky answers on social media as well. Once a fan asked her on Twitter what’s the criteria for someone to be eligible for being his life partner.
Here is what Smriti answered in response to that question –
Number 1-He should love me
Number 2-He should follow criteria number one 👆🏼😜 https://t.co/OCRKESUqif
— Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti) April 3, 2020
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