ICC Awards 2021: India’s Smriti Mandhana wins ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award

New Delhi: Indian batsman Smriti Mandhana has been named the ICC Women’s Cricket of the Year winner for a phenomenal 2021 season. In a tweet on Monday, ICC announced India’s swashbuckling flyhalf as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

Hitting 855 runs in 22 internationals at an average of 38.86 for India with a century and five half-centuries under her belt, Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for Women’s Cricketer of the Year ‘ICC.

Mandhana was shortlisted for the annual ICC award along with Tammy Beaumont from England, Lizelle Lee from South Africa, and Gaby Lewis from Ireland.

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Later, as the Indian women’s team played their first pink-ball Test in Australia, Mandhana sizzled with a first Test century to make the occasions all the more memorable. Also, his innings of 78 against England where the rest of India’s batting struggled and a hit of 49 in India’s only win in the ODI inning stood out.

Mandhana made India’s first-ever pink ball Test all the more memorable by smashing their first century in the longest format.

The Southpaw was generally good in the series against Australia, starting with the ODI series where they scored 86 in the second ODI. She compiled a brilliant century in the single test and scored her second T20I fifty of the year in the final T20I, although India lost the series 2-0.

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In the limited series against South Africa where India only won two out of eight home games, Mandhana played a major role in both victories. She made 80 not out out as India chased 158 in the second ODI which helped them even the series and scored 48 not out out in the victory in the final T20I.

The 25-year-old had a sublime 78 innings in the first leg of the single test against England which ended in a draw. She played an important shot of 49 in India’s only victory in the ODI series. His 15-ball 29 and 50 in the T20I series was in vain as India failed in both games and lost the series 2-1.

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