Indian women’s star Smriti Mandhana is highly regarded as one of the best batters in modern-day cricket. Smriti made her ODI debut in 2013 and Test debut in 2014. Her incredible run in the international arena earned her the place in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year in 2016. Smriti was the only Indian player to feature on the elite list. She is also currently ranked No. 4 in ODI batting rankings.
In 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) honoured Smriti with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year. She led the Indian T20 side against England in 2019 and became the youngest T20I captain for her nation.
The explosive batter has so far played 51 ODIs and 75 T20Is, accumulating 2,025 and 1,716 runs, respectively. Smriti has smashed four centuries in the 50-over format. Also, she is the fastest Indian women’s cricketer to complete 2,000 ODI runs, taking only 51 innings to achieve the glorious landmark.
On Saturday (July 18), Smriti celebrated her 24th birthday and wished poured in for her from across the world. Several cricketers and fans flooded social media to wish Smriti on the special day of her life.
BCCI Women wished Smriti Mandhana and wrote, “First Indian woman to score ODI hundreds in SENA nations. Fastest Indian woman to 2000 ODI runs.”
First Indian 🇮🇳 woman to score ODI hundreds in SENA nations ✅
Fastest Indian 🇮🇳 woman to 2000 ODI runs ✅
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 18, 2020
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh uniquely wished Smriti, saying that the left-handers in the Indian team have a reputation of being very talented.
Happy Birthday @mandhana_smriti. May you continue to excel and keep the Indian flag soaring with pride 🇮🇳 Left handers in the Indian team have a reputation of being very talented, keep that up 🤪 My best wishes #HappyBirthdaySmritiMandhana
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 18, 2020
Veteran women cricketer and Smriti’s former teammate Jhulan Goswami posted a lovely message for Smriti.
“A very happy birthday Smriti! I hope this is the beginning of the best year ever,” tweeted Jhulan.
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) July 18, 2020
Indian men’s team opener Shikhar Dhawan shared a picture with Smriti and wished her luck and success.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 18, 2020
Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrote: “A very Happy Birthday to the ever so talented @mandhana_smriti. Many more runs and more power to you. Wish you a great year ahead.”
A very Happy Birthday to the ever so talented @mandhana_smriti. Many more runs and more power to you. Wish you a great year ahead.
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) July 18, 2020
Here are some other wishes:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 18, 2020
Happy birthday Smrits!! Here's to another year of tolerating my nonsense 🥳❤️
— Jemimah Rodrigues (@JemiRodrigues) July 18, 2020
happy birthday @mandhana_smriti ..have a lovely day and may God bless you always..
— WV Raman #TheWinningSixer (@wvraman) July 18, 2020
An effortless stroke-player and one of the finest batters going around – here’s wishing @mandhana_smriti a very happy birthday. 🎂👏
Let’s celebrate it by reliving her 9⃣0⃣-run blitz from the #WIPL 2019. 📽
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) July 18, 2020
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) July 18, 2020
🌟 Third highest run-getter for 🇮🇳 in women's T20Is
🥈 Second-most 50-plus scores in ODIs & T20Is for 🇮🇳 women
💥 Only 🇮🇳 batter in the top 10 of ICC Women's ODI Batting Rankings
🎖️ 2018 Rachael Heyhoe-Flint award winner
Happy birthday, Smriti Mandhana 🎂 pic.twitter.com/7BaobzezHB
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2020
Happiest birthday to @mandhana_smriti . Hope you are well and safe, score tons of runs upon your return. With the strong off side play and watching her closely from many years I can say she will break many records in the future 😊#HappyBirthdaySmritiMandhana
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) July 18, 2020
Happy Birthday Smriti! 🙂🙂 pic.twitter.com/cqxQKAbCGs
— Poonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24) July 18, 2020
— Harleen Kaur Deol (@imharleenDeol) July 18, 2020