India's Smriti Mandhana returns to the dressing room after losing her wicket during the women's Twenty20 Cricket semi-final match between India and England on day nine of the Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on August 6, 2022. (Photo by Darren Staples / AFP) (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
India's Smriti Mandhana returns to the dressing room after losing her wicket during the women's Twenty20 Cricket semi-final match between India and England on day nine of the Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on August 6, 2022. (Photo by Darren Staples / AFP) (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of the Indian women’s team, has been added to the list of “100% Cricket Superstars” issued on Friday by the International Cricket Council, joining Shafali Verma, a young opening batsman.

Shafali Verma, Sophie Ecclestone of England, Amelia Kerr of New Zealand, Hayley Matthews of the West Indies, and Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa were the first crop of the “100% Cricket Superstars” lineup that fans would eventually choose from to select a final XI.

Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma. Image: BCCI Women/Twitter

Five more players joined the campaign on Friday, as per the ICC: Mandhana, Fatima Sana (Pakistan), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Sophia Dunkley (England), and Gaby Lewis (Ireland).

Her track record speaks for itself, combining top-of-the-order aggression with a strong propensity for scoring some big runs.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. Image: BCCI Women

In 74 ODI games, Mandhana has amassed 2892 runs at an average of 42.52, five centuries, and 23 fifties. She has 2192 runs in 92 games of T20I cricket, including 16 half-centuries. Mandhana has also taken part in four Test matches, where he has scored one century and two half-centuries.

Smriti Mandhana has also emerged as a figure of leadership:

Smriti Mandhana has also become a major leader in Indian cricket as the game moves past the Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami era. She is one part of one of the most thrilling opening pairs in international cricket, together with Shafali Verma.

Smriti Mandhana
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In addition to being placed 10th and fourth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings for batters in ODIs and T20Is, respectively, her consistency has earned her the title of 2021 ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

ICC Adds Smriti Mandhana To Its '100 Per Cent Cricket Superstars' List ICC Adds Smriti Mandhana To Its '100 Per Cent Cricket Superstars' List ICC Adds Smriti Mandhana To Its '100 Per Cent Cricket Superstars' List ICC Adds Smriti Mandhana To Its '100 Per Cent Cricket Superstars' List

The southpaw’s prominence in international cricket is just increasing, and the near future is likely to see more of standout performances from her.

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