India's star opener Smriti Mandhana has achieved a very special position in the second ODI against England. Smriti Mandhana has become the fastest Indian player to complete 3000 runs in ODI cricket. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli completed the fastest 3000 ODI runs in ODI cricket from India.
Shikhar Dhawan completed 3000 ODI runs in 72 innings. At the same time, Kohli did this feat in 75 innings. Mandhana achieved this position in the 76th innings playing an innings more than Kohli. Although Mandhana is at the forefront among Indian women in achieving this position.
The left-handed opener made his ODI debut in 2013. She has five centuries and 24 half-centuries in this format and is the third Indian woman player after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to reach 3000 runs in the format. In the case of the fastest Indian woman cricketer, Mandhana surpassed former captain Mithali, who achieved the milestone of 3000 runs in 88 innings.
Mandhana's record is superb
A total of 22 women players have more than 3000 ODI runs, but only two have achieved the feat faster than Mandhana, including Belinda Clark (62 innings) and Meg Lanning (64 innings).
Since her debut in ODIs, only seven female batsmen have scored more runs than her in the format. However, only three have scored fifty or more in women's ODIs at the moment.
The ongoing series between India and England is the second series for India in the ICC Women's Championship cycle. The tournament will decide the qualifiers for the Women's Cricket World Cup in 2025.