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Happy Birthday Smriti Mandhana: Achievements that make her a Star of Indian Cricket

Since her debut, Mandhana, an elegant opener, has been consistently performing at a high level.

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Happy Birthday Smriti Mandhana: Achievements that make her a Star of Indian Cricket

India’s prominent cricketer Smriti Mandhana, who debuted internationally at the age of 16 against Bangladesh in 2013, is celebrating her 27th birthday on Tuesday. As the vice-captain prepares for the second ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday, her dedication and passion for cricket are evident.

Since her debut, Mandhana, an elegant opener, has been consistently performing at a high level. She has represented India in 4 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 119 T20Is. Her breakthrough came in the 2017 ICC World Cup, where she showcased her batting skills. Mandhana played a crucial role in guiding India to the World Cup finals, although they were eventually defeated by England by 9 runs. Over time, Mandhana has become a senior member of the squad and a key pillar of the Indian women’s cricket team.

As India celebrate Smriti Mandhana’s 27th birthday, let’s take a glimpse at her remarkable records and achievements. She became the third-fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1000 runs in T20Is, making her the tenth-fastest overall in women’s cricket. Achieving this milestone in just 49 innings, the Mumbai batter set the record for the fastest T20I fifty by an Indian player in February 2019, achieving it in just 24 balls against New Zealand.

Mandhana also holds the distinction of being the first player in ODI history to score ten consecutive fifty-plus scores while chasing. Her impressive streak began in 2018 when she scored 67 runs off 53 deliveries against Australia Women. She was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in both 2018 and 2021. Additionally, Mandhana marked her Test debut with a half-century in India’s historic Test victory over England.

In 2021, during a Test match against England, Mandhana and her opening partner Shafali Verma formed a partnership of 167 runs, which is the fourth-highest in the history of women’s Test cricket. She and Australia’s Ellyse Perry are the only players to have won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award twice. Mandhana also received the ICC’s ODI Player of the Year award in 2018, having accumulated the highest points in the calendar year.

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BCCI announces IPL 2024 schedule: Full list of timings, venues, dates, fixtures and matches

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the schedule for the first two weeks of the IPL 2024. From March 22, 2024 to April 7, 2024. 21 matches will be played across 10 cities in two weeks Each IPL team will play a minimum of 3 matches and maximum of 5.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the IPL (Indian Premier League) 2024 schedule on Thursday. The tournament will start with Defending champion Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on March 22 at Chepauk. The schedule was announced on Thursday only for the first 21 matches. The fixtures for the remaining games will be announced in due course.

Match No Fixture               Date          Venue                Time

  1. CSK Vs RCB   March 22  Chennai            7:30 PM IST
  2. PBKS Vs DC   March 23  Mohali               3:30 PM IST
  3. KKR Vs SRH   March 23  Kolkata              7:30 PM IST
  4. RR Vs LSG      March 24  Jaipur                3:30 PM IST
  5. GT Vs MI         March 24   Ahmedabad      7:30 PM IST
  6. RCB Vs PBKS March 25   Bengaluru         7:30 PM IST
  7. CSK Vs GT      March 26   Chennai            7:30 PM IST
  8. SRH Vs MI       March 27   Hyderabad        7:30 PM IST
  9. RR Vs DC        March 28   Jaipur                7:30 PM IST
  10. RCB Vs KKR    March 29   Bengaluru         7:30 PM IST
  11. LSG Vs PBKS  March 30   Lucknow           7:30  PM IST
  12. GT Vs SRH      March 31   Ahmedabad      3:30 PM IST
  13. DC VS CSK     March 31   Visakhapatnam 7:30 PM IST
  14. MI Vs RR         April 1        Mumbai             7:30 PM IST
  15. RCB Vs LSG    April 2        Bengaluru         7:30 PM IST
  16. DC Vs KKR      April 3        Visakhapatnam 7:30 PM IST
  17. GT VS PBKS   April 4         Ahmedabad      7:30 PM IST
  18. SRH Vs CSK    April 5        Hyderabad        7:30 PM IST
  19. RR Vs RCB      April 6        Jaipur                7:30 PM IST
  20. MI Vs DC          April 7        Lucknow           7:30 PM IST
  21. LSG Vs GT       April 7        Lucknow           7:30 PM IST

Set for its 17th season, the Indian Premier League promises to be bigger and better than ever. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said the BCCI will work closely with the governement and the security agencies due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag share best wishes for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma as couple welcome baby boy Akaay

Virat Kohli took to his Instagram handle to share the good news and wrote with abundant happiness in their hearts all of love the couple is pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February they welcomed their baby boy Akaay & Vaamika’s little brother into this world!The couple requested everyone’s best wishes and demanded privacy during this time. Kohli said he sought their blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in their lives.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma on Tuesday announced the birth of their second child, a baby boy, whom they named Akaay. The star Indian batsman took to X to share the special news with everyone as he informed that the child was born on February 15.

Virat Kohli took to his Instagram handle to share the good news and wrote with abundant happiness in their hearts all of love the couple is pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February they welcomed their baby boy Akaay & Vaamika’s little brother into this world!

The couple requested everyone’s best wishes and demanded privacy during this time. Kohli said he sought their blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in their lives. He requested everyone to kindly respect their privacy at this time. Congratulations and best wishes poured in for the couple from different people in the cricketing world who gave their blessings to the couple and the newly born in the comment section.

Virat’s idol and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar came forward and blessed the couple and their son. Tendulkar took to X and wrote Congratulations to Virat and Anushka on the arrival of Akaay, a precious edition to your beautiful family! Just like his name lights up the room, may he fill your world with endless joy and laughter.

He further added Here’s to the adventures and memories you’ll cherish forever. Welcome to the world little champ. The couple also received best wishes from cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Yuzvendra Chahal, Brett Lee, Kevin Peiterson, and many more, as they welcomed another gift from god. Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag wrote may congratulations Virat with a heart emoji. The message has become one of the most popular thread in the entire post.

Earlier Virat’s former RCB teammate AB de Villiers in a podcast in his youtube channel had revealed Virat and Anushka are going to become parents again. He later withdrew his statement and apologised for spreading false information.

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BCCI confirms Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul to miss 4th Test match against England

KL Rahul’s participation in the final test match in Dharmshala is subject to fitness. Pace bowler Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad for the third Test match in Rajkot, has joined the team in Ranchi and will most likely replace Bumrah.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed on Tuesday that India’s-vice captain Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the Test squad ahead of the fourth test match against England. The BCCI said wicketkeeper batsman KL Rahul is ruled out out of the 4th Test match of the five match Test series.

KL Rahul’s participation in the final test match in Dharmshala is subject to fitness. Pace bowler Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad for the third Test match in Rajkot, has joined the team in Ranchi and will most likely replace Bumrah.

KS Bharat has been keeping wickets for the Indian team and KL Rahul had been included in the team as a premier batsman. KL Rahul scored 86 runs of 123 balls in the first Test match against the English team at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Former India vice-captain Rahul was unavailable for the 2nd Test match due to quadriceps strain. KL Rahul was ruled out of the 3rd Test Match against England after reaching only 90% of match fitness. KL Rahul will continue his recovery at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The Indian team is also feeling the absence of star batsman Virat Kohli for the five match test series against England.

Even in the absence of Rahul and Kohli the Indian team has performed well to outclass the English team. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took his 500th test wicket while young players like Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan have made impressive debuts for the Indian team at Rajkot.

Sarfaraz Khan scored a brilliant knock of 62 off 66 balls. He partnered with Yashasvi Jaiswal in the 2nd innings to help India post a total of 430/4 declared in 98 overs. Jaiswal’s double century helped India set the target of 557 for England.

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