Smriti Mandhana is the fastest Indian woman to reach 3000 runs in ODIs
Canterbury [UK], Sep 21: India’s star batsman Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday crossed the milestone of 3000 runs in the One Day International format, becoming the third Indian player to achieve the landmark in women’s ODIs.
Mandhana reached the feat in his 76th ODI innings, surpassing India legend Mithali Raj who crossed the mark in 88 innings. Mandhana achieved the feat in the second ODI of the three-match series against England in Canterbury. Smriti Mandhana completed 3,000 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 43+ and a strike rate of around 85.
Mandhana became India’s fastest woman player and third fastest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. While Dhawan completed 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings, Kohli did so in 75 innings. Mandhana took an innings more than Kohli, achieving the milestone in his 76th innings.
The left-arm opener, who made her ODI debut in 2013, has five centuries and 24 fifties and is the third Indian woman player to cross the 3000-run mark in the format after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
22 women players have reached 3000 ODI runs, but only two have reached the landmark faster than Mandhana — Belinda Clarke (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings).
The ongoing series between India and England is India’s second in the ICC Women’s Championship cycle. The tournament will decide qualification for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2025.
Mandhana made a thrilling start to the series with 91 off 99 balls at Hove, helping India to a seven-wicket win on Sunday. She started her ODI campaign against England well in the second ODI as well, scoring 40 off 51 balls before being trapped in front of Sophie Ecclestone.