On Wednesday, the star batter for India, Smriti Mandhana, became the third Indian player to reach the 3,000-run milestone in the women’s One-Day International format. Mandhana achieved this in her 76th innings of a One-Day International, surpassing India icon Mithali Raj, who achieved this milestone in her 88th innings.
Mandhana achieved this milestone during the second one-day international between India’s women and England’s women in Canterbury. Smriti Mandhana scored 3,000 runs in ODI cricket at an average of over 43 and a strike rate of over 85.
After Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, Mandhana became the third fastest Indian to reach the milestone. Dhawan scored 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings, while Kohli did so in 75. Mandhana reached the milestone one innings later than Kohli, in her 76th innings.
The left-handed opener made her one-day international (ODI) debut in 2013. Since then, she has amassed five hundred and 24 fifty-plus scores in the format. She is the third Indian women’s player to surpass 3,000 runs in the format, following Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
Since she made her debut in one-day internationals (ODIs), just seven other women’s batters have scored more runs in the format than she has. However, over this time, only three players have made scores of fifty or more in women’s one-day internationals.
There are a total of 22 female players who have scored more than 3000 runs in one-day internationals, but only Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning(64 innings) have done so in a shorter amount of time than Mandhana.
India’s current series against England is the second series of the ICC Women’s Championship cycle. The tournament decides qualification for the 2025 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
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