Smriti Mandhana: Fastest Indian woman to complete 3000 runs in ODI


New Delhi: Indian Women’s cricket sensation Smriti Mandhana completed 3000 ODI runs during the second ODI match against England in Canterbury, becoming the third Indian player to make the landmark in women’s ODIs.

The Cricket Superstar Mandhana became the quickest Indian women’s player and the third quickest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to the landmark. While Dhawan completed 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings, Virat Kohli did so in 75 innings. Mandhana took one innings more than Kohli, reaching the milestone in her 76th innings.  The left-handed opener made her ODI debut in 2013, has five hundred and 24 fifties in the format, and is the third Indian women’s player after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to the 3000-run mark in the format.

22 women’s players have over 3000 ODI runs, but only two have gotten to the landmark quicker than Mandhana — Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings). Since her debut in ODIs, only seven women’s batters have made more runs than her in the format. Only three, however, have made more scores of fifty or more in women’s ODIs in this time frame.

The ongoing series between India and England is the second series in India’s ICC Women’s Championship cycle. The tournament decides qualification for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2025. Mandhana started the series with a compelling 91 off 99 balls in Hove, helping India to a seven-wicket win on Sunday. She started well in the second ODI as well, getting to 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.

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