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A Statistical Walk Down The Career Of Smriti Mandhana

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At the age of 9, Smriti Mandhana was selected to play for Maharashtra U15 and since then, there has been no looking back. The dashing southpaw generated her love for the game from her brother and kept taking giant strides in the domestic circuit.

While taking her risks, Mandhana also maintains a balance between caution and aggression. She can steady the ship, and can launch an attack if needed. While we did have Harmanpreet Kaur doing all the hard-hitting work for a long time, but the scoring rate in recent years for the side has been much better, with the 24-year-old taking center-stage.

While we can keep talking many things about the young cricketer from Sangli, it is also important to note that she made her name internationally. Harmanpreet Kaur was the first Indian to be a part of the WBBL, whilst Smriti soon followed the suit and also took part in the KIA Super League, becoming the first Indian to do so.

A Cricketer who idolizes Kumar Sangakkara’s playing style, it is pretty evident she tries to emulate the Lankan legend. Whilst she does play a beautiful cover drive, much like her Lankan idol, she managed to create her own niche and established herself as a superstar in the fraternity.

As hard as it might be to believe, Smriti Mandhana turns just 24 today and she definitely has quite a long way to go forward. Our stats person Kavan Shah picked up some incredible numbers from her career, which gives us great hope for what is to come in the future.  

  • Mandhana never delivered a single ball in international cricket, but she has bowled 27 balls in the Big Bash League. She also picked up 3 wickets with best figures of 2/6.
  • All of her ODI centuries came outside of India. To be a bit more specific, all of her ODI hundreds came in the SENA countries. Her highest tally of runs in a single ODI game in India is 86.
  • Mandhana averages over 70 in away ODIs, which is the best among all international cricketers with over 500 runs, men and women.
  • She smashed 14 sixes in the ICC Women’s Championship from 2017-21, which is the highest along with Alyssa Healy.
  • Stats suggest she is a difficult batter to be beaten for pace, as she was dismissed LBW just once in away ODIs. Also, she is yet to register a duck whilst playing in India.
  •  Her ODI average of 43.08 is the sixth-best among all the active women cricketers.
  • After the legendary Aussie women Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning, Smriti Mandhana is the third-fastest among women to reach 2,000 ODI runs. Whilst Clark got there in 41 knocks, Lanning took 45 innings and Smriti is third, having reached there in her 51st innings.  
  • She registered her first hundred at the age of 19 years and 202 days, which is the second youngest for an Indian cricketer.
  • Despite all her outstanding work in ODIs, Smriti had a rough patch in the shortest format, where she couldn’t score a fifty from 2014 to 2018, a run that included 20 innings.
  • Once she got past that phase, Mandhana has registered 12 half-centuries in the format, the second-best tally among Indians, only behind Mithali Raj, who has 17 to her credit.

Also Read: MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina – Some numbers to look back on from their glittering careers

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