|Nickname(s)||Himani Spotify - Female Cricket Podcast, MJ Newsband|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4”
|International Debut||ODI- on 10 February 2017 against Ireland at P Sara Oval, Colombo in the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier
T20- on 26 November 2016 against Bangladesh Women at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok during the 2016 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup
|Jersey Number||#10 (India Women)|
|Domestic/State Team||• Haryana (2009/10–present)
• North Zone (2010/11–2016/17)
• India Blue (2013/14–2018/19)
• Supernovas (2022)
• Gujarat Giants (2023–present)
|Coach/Mentor||Virendra Singh Rautela
|Batting Style||Right hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Date of Birth||18 August 1993 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||29 Years|
|Food Habit||Non-vegetarian Female Cricket|
|Tattoo(s)||• Inverted cross and chain tattoo on her left arm
• “Hareram Harekrishna” inked on her right arm
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Names Not Known
|Siblings||Mansi Joshi a brother and sister. She is the eldest among her siblings.
|Cricketer (Male)||Batsman- Sachin Tendulkar
Bowler(s)- Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar
|Cricketer (Female)||Mithali Raj|
|Cricket Stadium||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi|
|Places to visit / Hangout spot||Her maternal grandmother’s home in Tehri|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Mansi Joshi
- Mansi Joshi is an Indian cricketer who plays as a bowler for the national women’s cricket team. She has represented Haryana, North Zone, and India Blue in domestic cricket. She was bought by the franchise team Gujarat Giants for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in 2023.
- She spent her early childhood at her maternal grandmother’s home in Tehri, where she was first intrigued to play cricket watching her maternal uncles and boys in the neighbourhood.
- Joshi was inspired by Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. In childhood, she would try to imitate Akhtar while playing. Consequently, her friends would refer to her as “Akhtarni,” citing her fast pace. Female Cricket In an interview, she remembered watching Akhtar on TV during her childhood and said,
Since I was a child, I used to watch cricket and when I used to see Shoaib Akhtar bowling I used to remain glued to the screen. The way he marked his run-up and his style of running quite some distance to bowling his delivery mesmerized me. Looking at him bowl with sheer pace, I was motivated to bowl like him.”
- When Mansi was in Class 3, she moved to Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand with her mother, who got posted there.
- Mansi moved to Rurkee, Punjab when she was in Class 6 as her mother was transferred there. In Rurkee, an acquaintance of hers noticed her cricketing talent and suggested she enrol in St. Xavier Academy, Rurkee. Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant was also training at St. Xavier Academy at that time.
- At 16, she appeared in the trials at Haryana Cricket Association and secured a place in the state’s U-19 team. In the same year, she went on to represent Haryana’s senior team as well. Joshi was in Class 10 at that time. Her timetable for board exams clashed with her cricket schedule; hence, she decided to drop out of her school. Later, she completed her Classes 10 and 12 at a private institution. In an interview, she recalled her cricketing journey and said,
When I was 9 years old, I remember playing cricket with my colony friends and cousins. From that time, I started building up interest in cricket. My initial days were difficult and challenging due to lack of cricket knowledge and practice. I had once attended trails at Haryana Cricket Association where I got selected in Under-19 in Senior Women’s state team. This was my first attempt. I never looked back after that and soon started my professional cricket training and practice.”
- One day, a friend of hers invited her to Dehradun to play a practice match, where coach Virendra Singh Rautela noticed her talent and offered to train her.
- After a discussion with her mother, Joshi moved to Dehradun to train under Rautela at St. Joseph’s Cricket Academy, meanwhile, her mother moved back to Uttarkashi.
- Initially, Joshi lived with her maternal aunt in Dehradun, but after the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Joshi’s mother and siblings moved to Dehradun to live with her. Meanwhile, her father continued to pursue his job in Uttarkashi.
- In November 2016, she was named to India’s squad for a series of three T20Is against the West Indies during its tour of India. However, she did not play any match in that series.
- She went on to take 1/8 on her T20I debut. In the following match, she took 2/8 against Thailand, earning the title of Player of the match although the game did not have T20I status.
- On 8 February 2017, she clean bowled Thailand’s Sornnarin Tippoch during the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and bagged the title of Player of the Match. India emerged as the champions of the world cup qualifier.
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2017
- She was honoured by Hindustan Times in its flagship event featuring the Top 30 under 30 on 26 May 2017.
- Thereafter, she was named to the Mithali Raj-led Indian squad of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. India finished as the runners-up in the tournament while England won by nine runs. Mansi’s highlights in the world cup include two wickets that she picked against arch-rivals Pakistan.
- She suffered a knee injury after the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup which kept her off the field for more than a year.
- After returning from the world cup in 2017, she gifted a Maruti Swift Desire to her coach. Joshi had promised a surprise gift to Rautela for her selection in the women’s world cup squad. She talked about the same in an interview and said,
I cannot forget what he has done for me since I started training under him. He has never charged a single rupee from me. I knew he liked this particular car model. So, a month back I took him to the showroom saying that I would be buying a car and he could help me out with the right colour. I booked the car that very day and we got the delivery on Friday. It gives a feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment by bringing a smile on my guru’s face. We went for a drive too. He was very happy.”
- Previously, Rautela bought a scooty for Mansi to aid her in travelling back and forth to the academy. He talked about the same while addressing the media and said,
I remember, I had bought a new scooty for her ahead of the World Cup, so that she could come to the academy with ease. She did not have a vehicle then. I only took the new car from her on one condition: if she would take my Maruti Alto in return. Aajkal aise shisya kahan milte hain (Where can you find such trainees these days?)”
- She pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss Nondumiso Shangase in the 3rd ODI during the South Africa Women tour of India 2019/20 at Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. Interestingly, Joshi undertook brilliant efforts to grab the ball when it was diverted towards mid-off after first hitting bowler Ekta Bisht.
- She represented IPL Supernovas in the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge. Supernovas emerged as the winners of the tournament, defeating Velocity by 4 runs in the final.
- In 2023, the franchise team Gujarat Giants bought her for 30 Lakhs for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
- She grew up idolising Sachin Tendulkar and experienced one of the high points of her life when she was allotted jersey number #10 for India Women just like Sachin. In an interview, she talked about it and said,
I have grown up idolising him. And somehow I feel his blessings are always with me. It’s because of him that I got the No 10 jersey.”
- In the 3rd ODI during the South African women’s cricket team in India (2019–20) at Reliance Stadium in Vadodara, Mansi Joshi took a stunning catch to dismiss Nondumiso Shangase.