The swashbuckling Team India opener Smriti Mandhana celebrates her 24th birthday today. Wishes have been pouring in ever since the clock ticked 12 at midnight. Born in Sangli, Mandhana has been making the headlines ever-since she bursts into the international circuit.
The southpaw made her ODI debut in 2013 while her Test debut came in 2014. In a short span, Mandhana has carved a niche for herself with her free-flowing batting ability. She was also a part of the ICC Women’s Team of the Year in 2016.
Smriti Mandhana celebrates her 24th birthday today
The cricketer, who took up cricket for fun, grabbed the limelight through stellar performances in the ICC Women’s World T20 in 2018. Her 178-run streak in five matches earned her the tournament’s third-highest run aggregator. Since then, she has been the heart of India’s batting.
Mandhana was the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2018. She also won the awards for ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, and BCCI’s Best Women’s International Cricketer of the Year in the same year (2018). She was also the No.1 ranked ODI batswoman for a major part of 2019.
So far, she has represented India in two Test matches, 51 ODIs, and 75 T20Is amassing 81, 2025, and 1716 runs recently. She is currently in the No.4 in the ICC ODI Rankings. She was also a part of the Indian team which made it to the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. They lost to the host in a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
As women’s cricket is witnessing a renaissance, Smriti Mandhana has played an active role. Meanwhile, wishes started pouring right from midnight. The cricketers also didn’t lag behind and took to the social media platform to wish the star cricketer.
Here are some of the tweets:
Happy birthday Smrits!! Here's to another year of tolerating my nonsense 🥳❤️
— Jemimah Rodrigues (@JemiRodrigues) July 18, 2020
Happy Birthday @mandhana_smriti. May you continue to excel and keep the Indian flag soaring with pride 🇮🇳 Left handers in the Indian team have a reputation of being very talented, keep that up 🤪 My best wishes #HappyBirthdaySmritiMandhana
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 18, 2020
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 18, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 18, 2020
Wish u a very happy bday to my dear friend and my fav @mandhana_smriti god bless u always champ 🎂😊🙌
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) July 18, 2020
happy birthday @mandhana_smriti ..have a lovely day and may God bless you always..
— WV Raman #TheWinningSixer (@wvraman) July 18, 2020
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) July 18, 2020
A very Happy Birthday to the ever so talented @mandhana_smriti. Many more runs and more power to you. Wish you a great year ahead.
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) July 18, 2020