Smriti Mandhana’s Photoshopped Image Sends Twitter Into Frenzy, Netizens Question Society’s Beauty Double Standards
Smriti Mandhana (Photo Credits: Twitter/@iamdatemike)

Google Smriti Mandhana. What do you expect to find for a player that has smashed the third-fastest 2000 ODI in Women’s Cricket? Pictures of her smashing bowlers or images of Mandhana lifting her bat to celebrate one of the four centuries she has scored in WODIs. You find all of those, but amidst all those images of one of India’s most promising batswoman, there also exists a disgusting ‘photoshopped’ image of Mandhana, in which the Indian cricketer can be seen wearing lipstick and Kajal. The picture clearly looks edited and has been perhaps uploaded on the internet to meet some individual objectives.

Interestingly, this “mentioned” picture was brought to notice by a Twitter user, who in the tweet – that has since gone viral – wrote how, while searching for Smriti Mandhana online she came across the photoshopped image of the Indian women’s cricketer. The user posted two pictures, both edited and original picture, which appears to be from one of press meets Mandhana had attended. The edited picture shows Mandhana, 23, to be wearing kajal and lipstick and has also lightened Mandhana’s complexion.

Fans Discover Smriti Mandhana's Photoshopped Image

“Was Googling Smriti Mandhana and came across this photoshopped image. Actual image on the right, for context. How fucked up are beauty standards if a cricketer's photo in a press meet is being photoshopped to lighten her skin tone and add kajal and lipstick,” said the user criticising the unknown source, who had edited the picture. Very soon the image went viral on the internet with netizens slamming the “unnamed” editor for photoshopping the image.

Arbitrary Standards of Beauty

Netizens Slam Society's Beauty Standards

Is This for Real?

Why Only Women?

Looks Shouldn't Matter For an Athlete

Skin Colour for a Cricketer

People Should Be Bothered About Her Cricket, not Complexion


Mandhana made her debut for India in 2013 against Bangladesh. She has so far played 51 WODI matches and 64 WT20Is, while also representing the country in 2 Test matches. In 51 innings, Mandhana has scored 2399 runs with four centuries and 17 fifties. In 62 WT20I innings, she has hit 10 half-centuries. Mandhana is the second-fastest Indian, both male and female, to score 2000 runs One-Day Internationals.