Smriti Mandhana, a name that went viral after Twitteratis bestowed her the title of ‘national crush’. As Indian Men’s Team is playing well in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, our women in blue are not lagging behind either.
Team India Women thrashed the hosts by 88 runs in the first match. Now, with second ODI going on against South Africa, Smriti Mandhana scored 135 off just 129 deliveries and is continuing to be a sensation for her fans.
India has put up a score of 302 just for 3. Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy slammed the fifties, remaining unbeaten on 55 and 51 respectively.
Smiriti also registered her second consecutive half-century of the series and is hungry for more. With suave approach, she managed to ‘tear the bowlers apart’.
She made the third century of her career in the 40th over by scoring a couple of runs off Marizane Kapp’s bowling. And, with this, she became the first Woman Cricketer in the world to score centuries in Australia, England and South Africa.
She was dismissed in the 44th over after scoring 135 with 14 fours and a six.
Twitter erupted with joy to and hailed her for the impeccable knock:
— ICC (@ICC) February 7, 2018
— Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) February 7, 2018
A hundred in Australia ✅
A hundred in England ✅
A hundred in South Africa ✅
She is now the first Indian Women to score hundreds in three away countries. #SAWvINDW
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) February 7, 2018
.@mandhana_smriti had never played against South Africa in South Africa till three days ago.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) February 7, 2018
102 vs Australia, Hobart (AUS)
106* vs West Indies, Taunton (ENG)
100* vs South Africa, Kimberley (RSA) pic.twitter.com/nobWcN7673
— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) February 7, 2018
— gauravkheterpal (@gauravkheterpal) February 7, 2018
India go past 300 for just the 2nd time in ODIs thanks to Mandhana's century, Harmanpreet and @vedakmurthy08's half centuries – the latter coming in just 31 balls.
If only we could watch it, eh?
— The Field (@thefield_in) February 7, 2018
In an interview, she asserted, “Cricket is everything to me. Whatever I have done in life for the last 10-15 years is just cricket. I don’t have any personal life; it’s just been cricket.”
Her clinical performance at the ICC Women’s World Cup made some major headlines. The tournament started with an injury for her but later she went on to make some big strides. The 21-year-old, who made her ODI debut in 2013 and Test debut in 2014, was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year in 2016.
Twitteratis couldn’t stop gushing over this wonder woman during the World Cup 2017:
— Troll Kollywood™ (@TKollywood) July 2, 2017
She cherishes stepping onto the field for the World Cup final as the most memorable moment as that the first time we were playing in a packed stadium.
Last year during World Cup she was compared with Virendra Sehwag as her swashbuckling and fearless batting style resembled with that of Virendra Sehwag.
— Bharath Ane Nenu 😎 (@UrstrulyBharat_) June 30, 2017
To this Veeru replied:
She is the first version of Smriti and is really special. Every Indian who loves sports will be proud of her. Wish her and the team the best https://t.co/RrjavFVLc0
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 30, 2017