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Smriti Mandhana turns 27: Happy Birthday Smriti

Wishing a very happy 27th birthday to the talented cricketer, Smriti Mandhana. Celebrate her achievements and learn more about this phenomenal player.

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Smriti Mandhana turns 27

Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of the Indian women's cricket team, turns 27 today. The Mumbai-born cricketer made her international debut at the age of 16, and since then, she has become an integral part of the Indian cricket team. In this article, we will delve into her journey, records, and achievements in detail.

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Early Life and Career
Smriti Mandhana was born on July 18, 1996, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She grew up in a family of cricketers, with her father and brother being passionate about the sport. She started playing cricket at the age of 7 and was soon selected for the Maharashtra Under-15 team. She made her debut for the senior Maharashtra team in 2013, at the age of 16.

International Debut
Smriti Mandhana made her international debut for the Indian women's cricket team in April 2013, against Bangladesh. She scored 50 runs in just 64 balls, becoming the youngest Indian to score a half-century on debut. Her impressive performance earned her a place in the Indian squad for the 2013 Women's World Cup.

Rise to Stardom
Mandhana's breakthrough performance came in the 2017 Women's World Cup, where she scored 90 runs in the opening match against England. She went on to score two more half-centuries in the tournament, including a crucial knock of 106 runs against the West Indies in the group stage. Her performances helped India reach the final, where they lost to England by nine runs.

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Records and Achievements
Smriti Mandhana's records and achievements are a testament to her talent and dedication to the sport. Here are some of her notable accomplishments:

Fastest T20I Fifty by an Indian Player
In February 2019, Smriti Mandhana set the record for the fastest T20I fifty by an Indian player. She achieved the feat in just 24 balls against New Zealand.

Third-Fastest Indian to Reach 1000 T20I Runs
Mandhana became the third-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in T20Is, achieving the feat in just 49 innings.

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Ten Consecutive Fifty-Plus Scores in ODIs
Smriti Mandhana became the first player in ODI history to score ten consecutive fifty-plus scores while chasing. Her remarkable run began in 2018 when she hit 67 runs off 53 deliveries against Australia.

ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
Mandhana was named the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year in 2018 and 2021, becoming the second Indian after Jhulan Goswami to win the award twice.

Test Debut Half-Century
Smriti Mandhana scored a half-century on her Test debut in India's historic Test victory over England.

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Partnership Record in Women's Test Cricket
In a Test match against England in 2021, Mandhana along with her opening partner Shafali Verma put up a partnership of 167, which is the fourth-highest in the history of women's Test cricket.

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award
Smriti Mandhana and Australia's Elyse Perry are the only players to have won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award twice.

Conclusion
Smriti Mandhana's achievements at a young age have made her one of the most promising cricketers in the world. Her dedication to the sport and hard work have paid off in the form of numerous records and accolades. As she celebrates her 27th birthday, we wish her all the best for her future endeavors.

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