Smriti Mandhana made this statement after winning the Best Female Cricketer of 2021 award

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  • ICC selects Smriti Mandhana as the best women’s cricketer of 2021
  • Mandhana said that she is feeling honored

The ICC on Monday named Indian opener Smriti Mandhana as the best women’s cricketer of 2021. This is Mandhana’s second title, before that in the year 2018, she has won the best female cricketer award. After winning this award, Mandhana said that she is feeling honored.

After receiving the award, Mandhana said, “I am really honored to receive the coveted Rachael Hehow Flint Trophy as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2021 award.”

“Having such a huge recognition from cricket’s global governing body in an extraordinary and difficult year will motivate me to improve my game and contribute to Team India’s success,” he added.

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Mandhana said, “I am focusing on winning the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. We have continued to prepare as a team and as a unit.

Apart from Mandhana, England’s Tammy Beaumont, South Africa’s Lijelle 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. 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.

He scored a century in the only Test of his career and was named player of the match. He scored the second T20 fifty of his career in the last T20I. Mandhana made India’s first day memorable by scoring a century in the night Test.

(With PTI Inputs)

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