Indian Women Cricket newest Superstar Mandhana became the quickest India women’s player and the third quickest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to the landmark of completing 3000 runs in one-day internationals.
While Dhawan completed 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings, Kohli did so in 75 innings. Mandhana took one innings more than Kohli, reaching the milestone in her 76th innings.
The left-handed opener, who made her ODI debut in 2013, has five hundreds and 24 fifties in the format, and is the third India women’s player after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to the 3000-run mark in the format.
Smriti Mandhana amazing cricket journey
The left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana crossed the landmark during the second ODI between India and England at Canterbury, in which she scored 40 off 51 balls.
It was her 76th ODI innings, surpassing India legend Mithali Raj who crossed the mark in 88 innings.
Smriti Mandhana completed 3,000 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 43+ and almost 85 strike rates. She is the third Indian player to achieve the landmark in women’s ODIs – after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
22 women players in the world have over 3000 ODI runs, but only two have reached to the landmark faster than Mandhana – Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings).
Mandhana, who made her ODI debut in 2013, has five centuries and 24 half-centuries in the format Since her debut in ODIs, only seven women batters in the world have made more runs than her in the format.
The ongoing series between India and England is the second series in the ICC Women’s Championship cycle for India. The tournament decides qualification for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2025.
Mandhana started the series with a thrilling 91 off 99 balls in Hove, helping India to a seven-wicket win on Sunday. In the second ODI, she reached 40 off
51 balls, before she was trapped in front by Sophie Ecclestone.
Last month Mandhana was announced as one of five new ICC 100% Cricket Superstars. She made the list along with Pakistan’s Fatima Sana, Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner, Sophia Dunkley of England, and Ireland’s Gaby Lewis.