The Year-end has brought a bundle of joy for Indian woman cricket Smriti Mandhana as she bags top ICC award of the year 2018. The left-handed opening batswoman Mandhana won the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best player of the year as well as the ODI Player of the Year at ICC Women’s Awards.
Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said, “when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.”
The 22-year old won the award after making 669 runs in a total of 12 ODI matches for India in 2018, slamming seven 50s along with a century against South Africa to average 66.90. Meanwhile, she hit five fifties in the shortest format in the year to become one of the only three to amass over 600 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 130.67.
She is currently ranked fourth in the ODI rankings and 10th in the rankings for T20Is.