- ICC has honored Smriti Mandhana with the award for the best female cricketer of 2021
- Mandhana has won this award for the second time
- Earlier Mandhana has won the Best Female Cricketer award in 2018.
Dubai. India’s opener Smriti Mandhana has won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2021 for her stellar performances across all formats. Apart from Mandhana, England’s Tammy Beaumont, South Africa’s Lizelle Lee and Ireland’s Gabby Lewis were also nominated for the Rachael Hayhoe Flint Trophy. Despite a tough last year, Mandhana made a mark for her performance on the field.
In the limited-overs home series against South Africa, India could win only two of the eight matches and in both Mandhana played the role of a facilitator. He scored an unbeaten 80 in the second ODI and played an unbeaten knock of 48 runs in the last T20. He scored 78 runs in the first innings in the one-off Test against England that ended in a draw. At the same time, 49 runs were added in the only win for India in the ODI series.
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He also scored 29 runs in 15 balls and a half-century in the T20I series but India lost the series 2-1. He scored 86 runs in the second match of the ODI series against Australia.
In the only Test of his career, he scored a century and was the player of the match. He scored the second T20 fifty of his career in the last T20. Mandhana made India’s first day memorable by scoring a century in the night Test.
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