Indian Opener Smriti Mandanna is named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also the Women’s ODI Player of the year on Monday.
The 22-year old won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. In 2018, she made 669 runs in a total of 12 ODI matches for India. She kicked seven 50s and a century this year.
She also scored 622 runs at a strike rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is this year. The year 2018 was good for Smriti as she helped her team to win the ODI series against England and T20I series wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
The left hand opener becomes the second Indian woman cricketer to win an ICC award after Jhulan Goswami.
After hearing the news, Smriti reacted, “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team”.
India’s Harmanpreet is named captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the year. Smriti Mandanna and Poonam Yadav is also included in the team.
Both Smriti Mandanna and Poonam Yadav is included in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, which has New Zealander Suzie Bates as the captain.
Harmanpreet Kaur is named for leading India to the semi finals ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in November.