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Smriti Mandhana becomes the fastest Indian woman to 3000 runs in ODIs

The Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana becomes the fastest Indian to score 3000 runs in One-day cricket on Wednesday.

Following a consistent run of form in the recent ongoing series against England, Smrithi Mandhana crossed 3000 runs in ODI cricket and became the fastest-ever woman to do that. She surpassed Indian legend Mithali Raj by 12 innings.

Having made her debut in 2013 she has amassed a total of 24 fifties and five centuries against her name. With an impressive strike rate of almost 85, the 26-year-old averages over 43. In doing so she joined Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj. She’s now the third Indian to have this feat while being in the company of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Smriti Mandana joins the special 3000 run club

She has taken an innings more than Virat and three more than Dhawan to become the third fastest Indian player. Only two women players have scored over 3000 ODI runs faster than Mandhana — Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings).

Having already scored a 90 against England Women’s Team, Smrithi has had a stellar series. She averages nearly 52 against England’s women’s team in ODIs and has scored 777 runs in 16 innings against them. As she averages nearly 50 in 14 innings this year, she could be on the verge of breaking more records.

Indian legend, Mithali Raj, holds the record for the most runs scored in ODI cricket by any women cricketer as she has 7805 runs to her name. To put that to context the 2nd highest, CD Edwards, has close to 6000 runs. Smrithi has age on her side and the potential to become the leading run-getter ever in Women’s cricket.

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