The Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent brought changes to Indian society. The position of Indian women in society deteriorated during this period.
She gave up science in school and a career in hospitality, but all that did not matter when the young Smriti Mandhana became an overnight sensation when she was just A teenager then, Smriti Mandhana applied her trade against England during her debut test match and announced her arrival to the International Cricket Arena in absolute style.
She smashed the English bowlers in their own backyard and scored an important half-century in alien conditions, which helped India secure a historic win.
Well, they never said it will be and they always said it would be worth it, and so it is!
It is safe to say that along with the old horses like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami, even Mandhana has been an inspiration for many young Indian girls to take up the beautiful game of cricket.
Beauty with brains indeed! Where did it all begin for Smriti though? How did she manage to become the Super-Woman she is? Her parents Smita and Shrinivas Mandhana along with her elder brother decided to move out of the city when she was a mere 2 years old, to Sangli in Madhavnagar, from where she completed her schooling.
How cool would that be? Both her dad and elder brother played for Sangli at the district level and as a result, even her mother was always well versed about the game. In fact, it was her father and brother who inspired her to take up the game seriously, and the duo would bowl to her day in and day out in order for Smriti to improve her game and sharpen her skills.
Such things did not happen all the time, especially in those days when there were not many platforms for the young girls to showcase their talent and everyone knew there was a star in the making. When the little girl was just 11, she was busy applying her trade for the Maharashtra Under Team.
Yes, you read that right. A lot more than surface level initiatives are expected from them and rightly so. They are the ones who go out there and grill it out at times under the hot sun and at times when their hands are numb.
Fortunately for Smriti, she had a lot of support from her family and had a coach, a dietician, and a human bowling machine- Everything inhouse! Her mother took care of her diet and made sure that she ate exactly what an athlete should, which meant no burgers, no pizzas, and at such a young age when you love these things more than anything, Smriti had to sacrifice quite a bit.
Having said that, like a smart person, she looked at the bigger picture — She wanted to play for India one day and was as focused as a Rahul Dravid would be while defending a delivery.
The left-handed batsman scored a whopping of just balls while representing Maharashtra against Gujarat in the West Zone Under 19 Tournament. T20 Debut This was big. Her dream of playing for India finally came true when she was got her chance against Bangladesh on the 5th of April She opened the batting for her Team and scored a quick-fire 39 in a game completely dominated by the bowlers.
This also happened to be the highest score by any batsman in that particular game which spoke volumes of her abilities. The left-handed batsman scored 25 of 35 deliveries during her first outing as far as the ODI format was concerned, but without any intention to defend her, she was also made to come out of her comfort zone as she batted at number 3.
Test Debut Finally, it was time for Smriti to shed the colour and get into the whites. Many legendary Indian Cricketers have failed to do justice to their abilities in England be it, men or women.
While the left-handed batsman from Sangli managed only 22 in the first innings, Smriti Mandhana played a gem of an innings the second time around, when it mattered the most.
India was set a target of runs which sounded easy but batting anywhere in the world in the 4th innings of a Test Match has never been easy irrespective. Mandhana on debut scored a crucial half-century which helped her team achieve the impossible and unexpected, on foreign soil.
There was England, there was Australia, and then there was the rest of the world. World Cup Image Source: Then came the time for the all-important World Cup and India could not have asked for a better start as Smriti Madhana set the tone beautifully.
While India was scheduled for a tough opening game against the home-side England, the left-handed opening batsman scored a whopping 90 of just 72 balls which helped her team topple a strong English side at home. Smriti Mandhana was now a household name and everyone was excited to see how she goes about her business.
Big Bash League In SeptemberMandhana made the entire country proud yet again as she became only the second Indian woman after Harmanpreet Kaur to be given a contract to play in the Big Bash League. She applied her trade for the Brisbane Heat but did not have a great initial season as she managed only 89 runs in 12 matches.
Smriti signed up with the south-west England based Team: Western Storm, who were Title Holders in the year By now she had made it a habit of impressing everyone on debut and she did to fail to disappoint her fans in the Kia Cricket League either, by motoring away to a 20 ball 48 against the Diamonds.
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