Star India batter Smriti Mandhana was nominated for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year on Friday. She has been nominated on the back of her spectacular performances across all formats. Besides, Mandhana was also nominated for the Women’s T20 Player of the Year award on Thursday.
Along with Mandhana, Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa, and Gaby Lewis of Ireland have also been nominated. The award is given to the best overall performer in women’s international cricket (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is) during 2021. The winner will be announced on January 23.
The Indian opener has managed to score 855 runs in 22 international matches played this year across formats at an average of 38.86, including one century and five half-centuries. In the limited-overs series against South Africa where India won just two of the eight matches at home, Mandhana played a major role in both the wins. She scored 80 not out as India chased down 158 in the second ODI that helped it level the series and scored 48 not out in the final T20I win.
Mandhana played a sublime inning 78 in the first innings of the one-off Test against England that ended in a draw. She played an important knock of 49 in India’s only win in the ODI series. Her 15-ball 29 and fifty in the T20I series went in vain, though, as India fell short in both the matches and lost the series 1-2.
Gaby Lewis also had a sensational year with the bat. She bagged two Player of the Match awards in Ireland’s 3-1 T20I series win over Scotland at home. She recently became the first Irish woman to score a century in T20 internationals.