Source: Times of India (22-April-2018)

Overcome your fear of the unknown: Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana (born 18 July 1996) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team. In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer.

When she was two, the family moved to Madhavnagar, Sangli in Maharashtra, where she completed her schooling. Both her father and brother, Shravan, played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli. She was inspired to take up cricket after watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16s tournaments. At the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. At eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19s team.

Mandhana’s family is closely involved in her cricketing activities. Her father Shrinivas, a chemical distributor, takes care of her cricket programme, her mother Smita is in charge of her diet, clothing and other organisation aspects, and her brother Shravan still bowls to her in the nets.

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