Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has been honored with the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
This is the second time Smriti has been awarded the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year because of her magnificent performance throughout all the cricketing formats. Smriti’s name also contributed to the ICC Women’s T20 team of the Year. Among the nominees was Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa, Gaby Lewis from Ireland, and the winner herself Smriti Mandhana of India.
After the veteran and very experienced player Jhulan Goswami, Smriti is the second Indian woman cricketer to receive an award from ICC. Jhulan was honored in 2007 as the ICC Player of the Year.
Indian women’s team struggled with performance in the year 2021 but Smriti continued to be consistent with her performance and fans were delighted to hear the winner of this particular ICC award.
Playing against South Africa, India won just two games out of the 8 games played in the limited-overs series, and Smriti’s contribution in both the wins was highly appreciated as she stood not out with 80 runs helping India chase down 158 runs and also remained 2 runs short of the half century, again standing not out to win the T20 game.
Smriti also knocked 78 in the first innings of the Test game against England which resulted in a draw. She also contributed to India’s only win in the ODI series by hitting 49 runs.
Against Australia, Smriti played a critical knock of 86 runs in the second ODI and looked well in form against the Aussie women.
In the T20 Internationals, Smriti scored her second half-century in the T20 format. Smriti knocked her first Test ton which became more memorable as she was awarded the Man of the Match award in that Test game. India’s first-ever pink-ball Test in women cricket made it more special for Smriti because of her maiden century in the Test format.