Smriti Mandhana was on Monday named the ICC Women Cricketer of the Year, becoming the first Indian woman to win two ICC honours in a single calendar year. She was also declared the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year by the International Cricket Council on Monday.
After winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the 22-year-old cricketer said that the two awards were very special to her. “As a player when you score runs, you want your team to win. And when you get acknowledged for your performance through the awards, it quite motivates you to work even harder and do well for your team.
Australia’s wicketkeeper-batswoman Alyssa Healy won the ICC T20I Player of the Year. She was a part of Australia’s World T20 title-winning team in 2018. Other award winners also included England’s Sophie Ecclestone, who was declared the ICC Emerging Player of the Year.
Mandhana said that the century that she scored against South Africa was ‘quite satisfying.’ “I had a good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people said that I don’t score runs in India, so I had a point to prove to myself. That made me a better player. And of course the first four matches of the World T20 were quite memorable,” she added.
She said that the cricketing calendar ahead was quite busy and going to be challenging. Mandhana said that she hoped to repeat her past performances in future too. “Hopefully, I get to win a lot more matches for India,” she said.
She said that her long-term ambition is to win the World Cup for India. Mandhana said, “We need to get the World Cup home.”
Mandhana scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 One Day Internationa matches and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20 International competitions.