In a world where cricket isn’t just a sport but an emotion, the birthday of Indian cricket sensation Smriti Mandhana on July 18, 2023, saw an outpouring of affection from fans across the globe. Celebrating her 27th birthday, the star batter was swarmed with wishes online, as the ‘national crush’ geared up to take on Bangladesh in the second ODI.

Mandhana, born in Mumbai on July 18, 1996, has etched her name in the annals of Indian cricket with her meteoric rise in the international cricketing arena since her debut in 2013. The vice-captain of the Indian Women’s team and captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore Women’s team, Mandhana’s fans fondly refer to her as the ‘Queen’.

Fans from all corners of the globe sent their heartfelt wishes on various social media platforms, celebrating the left-handed batter’s achievements. Mandhana is known for her remarkable records, including being the only Indian and second in the world to have won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year twice.

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Fan tributes flooded the internet, highlighting Mandhana’s career stats such as her average of 46.42 in Tests, five hundreds & twenty-five fifties from 78 innings in ODI, and 22 fifties in T20I, showcasing why she is indeed one of the finest women cricketers in the modern era.

Some fans made their affection known with tweets like “Happy Birthday to the national crush, Smriti Mandhana!!” and “Happy birthday my RCB crush girl and cricket crush”. It’s not just her prowess on the field, but her humility and grace off the field that has won the hearts of millions.

However, her birthday came on the back of a challenging defeat for the Indian team. They lost their first ODI against Bangladesh, their first-ever ODI defeat at the hands of the Bangladesh women’s team. Despite the defeat, Mandhana’s fans remained hopeful and optimistic about the vice-captain leading India to victory in the forthcoming match.

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This outpouring of affection on her birthday is testament to the fact that Smriti Mandhana has won hearts not just in India but around the world. Her elegant stroke play, sheer determination, and resilient character have established her as a role model for aspiring cricketers globally. As she adds another year to her life, her fans eagerly look forward to more of her mesmerising performances on the pitch. Here’s to celebrating Smriti Mandhana – a true cricketing icon of the era. Happy Birthday, Smriti Mandhana!