India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award. She became second Indian woman to win an International Cricket Council award after fast bowler Jhulan Goswami who was named the women´s player of the year in 2007.
India’s @mandhana_smriti was today named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year and as the 2018 winner of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year! 👏➡️ https://t.co/7TLSe27Au8#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/Bhil2dltxb— ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018
India’s @mandhana_smriti was today named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year and as the 2018 winner of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year! 👏
➡️ https://t.co/7TLSe27Au8#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/Bhil2dltxb
— ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018
The left-handed bats woman was also named ODI cricketer of the year for accumulating 669 runs off 12 one-day internationals. She scored 622 runs in 25 T20 matches this year.
“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,” Mandhana was quoted as saying in the ICC release. “The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself.”
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17 August, 2019