The International Cricket Council (ICC) added five more players in the list of "100 per cent Cricket Superstars" on Friday. The latest addition included Indian women's vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, who has joined her compatriot Shafali Verma in the squad, whose final XI will be picked by fans.
Apart from Shafali Verma, the ICC included England's Sophie Ecclestone, New Zealand's Amelia Kerr, West Indies' Hayley Matthews and South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt in the first draft of "100 per cent Cricket Superstars".
The ICC has now added Mandhana, Pakistan bowler Fatima Sana, Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, England's Sophia Dunkley, and Gaby Lewis of Ireland as a part of the initiative.
Overall Smriti Mandhana, who made her debut for India in 2013, has played 74 ODIs and scored 2,892 runs at an average of 42.52, with five centuries and 23 fifties. In T20I cricket, she amassed 2,192 runs in 92 matches scoring 16 half-centuries. Mandhana made her debut in Test cricket in 2014 and scored a half-century in her debut to power India's historic Test win in England.
The 26-year-old Indian women's opener is ranked fourth and 10th in the ICC women's Player Rankings for batters in T20I and ODI cricket respectively. Mandhana was also named the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year in 2021.