Smriti Mandhana has scripted her name in Indian cricket’s golden history as she became the first woman to score a Test Ton in Australia. The charismatic left-handed Indian opener brought up her maiden Test Ton on the second day of the ongoing Pink Ball Test in Australia in Queensland.
Smriti Mandhana: First Indian Women to score a pink ball test century
Mandhana ended her score at 84 not out on Day 1 after the game was disrupted by bad weather. She was involved in a 93 run opening stand with Shefali Verma on the first day.
Smriti Mandhana continued her good form from yesterday’s play and brought up her maiden test ton in Test cricket. The left handed batter played some mesmerizing shots during her historic innings. She hit 22 fours and one six in her epic innings.
Smriti Mandhana – first Indian women cricketer to score a Pink Ball Test ton. What a knock, what a class. pic.twitter.com/9K5Y4bXExB
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 1, 2021
Smriti was finally dismissed on 127 by Ashleigh Gardner but her historic innings has put India on the driver’s seat. India are currently 276 for 5 with Deepti Sharma and wicket keeper Taniya Bhatia on the crease. The match has been delayed due to bad weather in Queensland.
Twitter Salutes Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana‘s epic innings has earned her praise from cricketing fraternity all round the globe. Cricketers and experts including Wasim Jaffer, Anjum Chopra, Aakash Chopra and many others took to Twitter in order to praise the ‘Goddess of the offside’.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 1, 2021
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) October 1, 2021
45.2 Caught off a no-ball 👻
51.5 Raises her first ever Test century 👏
A momentous and rollercoaster day for Smriti Mandhana 🎢
— ICC (@ICC) October 1, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 1, 2021
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) October 1, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 1, 2021
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) October 1, 2021
With this epic innings Smriti Mandhana has penned her name down in various record books.
- Smriti becomes the first Indian woman to score a Test Ton in Australia.
- Smriti is the first Indian Woman to score a Test Ton in a pink ball game.
- Smriti is the second Indian (overall) to score a century in Pink ball Tests. (First being Virat Kohli)
- Smriti scored the first runs for Indian Women’s team in a pink ball game
- This is the first century scored by an Indian in Women’s cricket in nearly 7 years (Poonam Raut scored a test ton against South Africa in November 2014 in Mysore)