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WPL 2024: 10 lesser known facts about Smriti Mandhana

WPL 2024: 10 lesser known facts about Smriti Mandhana

The Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, led by Smriti Mandhana, made history recently when they defeated the Delhi Capitals women in the summit match to claim their first-ever WPL (Women’s Premier League WPL 2024) title.

RCB’s title curse was broken by Mandhana, despite the men’s team having been in the running for the championship since 2008. Because of Mandhana’s WPL triumph, marketers are now paying more attention to her and her teammates. After winning the WPL, a number of brand analysts believe Mandhana’s market worth will skyrocket.

Mandhana joined the national team after moving up the ranks. Her lifelong love of cricket is evident in the way the graceful southpaw gently touches the ropes. The 27-year-old was a consistent high run scorer in all age levels and has gained a great deal of experience from her time playing domestic cricket. Here are some little-known details about Smriti Mandhana because there is so much to learn about this teenage Indian talent.

WPL 2024 star Smriti Mandhana facts:

WPL 2024: 10 lesser known facts about Smriti Mandhana
Credit: Times Of India

10. Hails from a cricket-loving family:

Smriti comes from a cricket-loving household. Her brother has represented Maharashtra at the under-16 level, while her father played district cricket for Sangli. She has always loved cricket, and it is evident in her play.

9. Debuted at the age of 9:

The left-hander was so talented that, at the age of nine, the Maharashtra under-15 squad invited her up. At the age of eleven, she later made her debut for the Maharashtra under-19 squad.

8. Made history:

It has been a revelation to see Smriti Mandhana since she began playing cricket. In a West Zone under-19 event held in Vadodara in 2013, the southpaw struck an incredible 224 runs in just 150 deliveries while representing Maharashtra against the home team, Gujarat. Rahul Dravid, the Indian legend, gave her the bat she used to score the double century.

7. ODI debut at the age of 17:

In 2013, she was called up for the series against Bangladesh and is among the youngest debutants. She made her debut in April of 2013 against the same opponents, and she hasn’t looked back since.

6. Test debut at the age of 18:

When Mandhana played her first Test match against England, she was only eighteen. She played her maiden Test match at Wormsley against England in August of 2014. Although she hasn’t yet demonstrated her abilities in the longest format of the game, time will only help her improve.

5. Only Indian player to feature in the ICC women’s team:

Mandhana, at 19 years old, was named to the 2016 ICC squad of the year. She earned a spot in the team of the year alongside some of the biggest names in the game for her incredible performance with the bat.

4. Made record for the highest T20 score by an Indian:

In a domestic T20 match, Smriti struck 96* for Maharashtra against Gujarat. Before Mithali Raj hit a century last year, it was the best score ever by an Indian woman in the Twenty20 format.

3. T20I cricket, the youngest Indian woman to score a fifty:

In Twenty20 International Cricket, she is the youngest Indian woman to reach the fifty mark. In the 25 T20I matches that Mandhana has participated in for the team, she has amassed 424 runs in runs.

2. Second Indian woman to score a fifty in Test cricket:

In Test cricket, Smriti is the second-youngest Indian player to reach fifty. She has only played three innings of Test cricket thus far, but she intends to change that as she looks to succeed in the game’s longest format soon.

1. Third youngest Indian woman to score a fifty in ODI cricket:

In one-day international cricket, Smriti is the third-youngest Indian woman to hit fifty runs. In 25 innings and 897 runs at an average of 37.37 in One-Day Internationals, she has amassed 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries.

So, this was all about the WPL 2024. Also read, IPL 2024: Abhishek Sharma say his fav batter is Travis Head

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