Batswoman Smriti Mandhana recently became the second-fastest Indian cricketer to score a milestone of 2,000 runs in one-day internationals (ODIs).
The first Indian to have achieved this feat is Shikhar Dhawan who recorded 2,000 runs in 50-overs cricket.
Smriti was playing at the third and final ODI held at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where India won against West Indies by six wickets. India clinched the ODI series, thanks to Smriti and Jemimah Rodrigues partnering on 141 runs and securing the series 2-1.
Taking 51 innings to reach the 2,000-ODI run mark, Smriti became the third-fastest woman after Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning to accomplish this milestone.
While Smriti and Jemimah could not participate in the first two matches of the ODI series, they gave a perfect start to this match. Notably, Smriti has scored 2025 runs so far, including four centuries and 17 50s.
In 2013, she shot to fame as the first Indian woman to accomplish a double-hundred in an one-day game. She was playing for Maharashtra against Gujurat in the West zone Under-19 tournament at the time.
The Mumbai-born cricketer started participating in Maharashtra’s Under-15 team when she was nine. Later on, when she was 11-years-old, the ace batswoman went on to play for the state’s Under-19 team.
At present, as a member of the National Indian Women’s cricket team, the left-handed battler has earned many awards over the years.
The Board Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had named her as Best Women’s International Cricketer in June 2018. In the same year, International Cricket Council (ICC) recognised her as the best female cricketer of the year as well as the ODI Player of the Year.
In May this year, Smriti was honoured with International Woman Cricketer of the Year at CEAT International Cricket Awards.
Also completing 2,000 ODI runs this Wednesday was 30-year-old Poonam Raut, who has previously set world record for an opening partnership of 320 runs with Deepti Sharma in 2017.