DUBAI, Dec 31: Talented India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was on Monday adjudged �Women�s Cricketer of the Year� as well as the �Women�s ODI Player of the Year� by the ICC.
Left-handed opener Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the �Women�s Cricketer of the Year� for scoring 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 T20 Internationals in 2018.
Her ODI runs were scored at an average of 66.90 while strike-rate for T20I was an impressive 130.67. Mandhana played a crucial role in India�s semifinal appearance at the Women�s World T20 in the West Indies, where she scored 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35.
She is currently ranked fourth in the ODI rankings and 10th in the rankings for T20Is, the ICC said in a statement.
Mandhana became only the second Into work harder and do well for your team.
�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,� she added.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Mandhana, saying: �Smriti enthralled fans with some wonderful performances in what was a memorable year for women�s cricket, with the ICC Women�s World T20 helping build on the momentum of last year�s World Cup.� Australia�s opening batter and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who came up with some superb performances and finished with 225 runs in six matches at the Women�s World T20 in the West Indies, has been named the ICC Women�s T20I Player of the Year.
�Winning the ICC Women�s World T20 final against England is something pretty special, especially after a disappointing couple of years in World Cups. That win against them, a dominant performance, was pretty special and one I will never forget,� she said. � PTI