Smriti Mandhana nominated for ICC Cricket Player of the Year award

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Smriti Mandhana among four nominees for the ICC Cricket Player of the Year award

The star batsman of the Indian women’s cricket team, Smriti Mandhana, was nominated on Friday for the ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Player of the Year award for her outstanding performances in all formats. Mandhana was also nominated in the T20 Women’s Player of the Year category on Thursday.

Mandhana was nominated for the first prize along with the English Tammy Beaumont, the South African Lizelle Lee and the Irish Gabby Lewis. The award is given to the best performing player overall in women’s international cricket (Test, ODI and T20 Internationals) during the year.

The winner will be announced on January 23rd. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter scored 855 runs in 22 international games with an average of 38.86 during the year 2021. This includes a century and five half centuries. In the limited series of overs at home against South Africa, the Indian team had to face defeat in six of eight matches.

Mandhana’s role was important in the two matches that the team managed to win. In the second ODI, their 80 undefeated helped India successfully chase the 158-run goal. After this, in the final game of the T20 series, he played a 48-run inning to beat the Indian team.

Mandhana scored 78 runs in the first inning of the single event against England. This match was a draw. He played a crucial 49-run inning in India’s only ODI series win against this team. In the T20 International series, his 29 in 15 balls and then half a century didn’t work out for the team.

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The Indian team also lost the series 1-2 with these two matches. After this, his bat also shone a lot on the Australian tour. He scored 86 runs in Game 2 of the ODI series. He scored the first century in the game’s longest format at the Day Night Test played on the tour. Scored 127 runs. She was declared player of the match in this tie.

England’s Beaumont became the leading run scorer in the calendar year during this period. He scored 872 runs in 21 international games this year with an average of 48.44 with one century and eight half centuries. South Africa’s Lee scored 864 runs in 19 international matches averaging 57.6 with one century and seven half centuries.

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Gabby Lewis of Ireland scored 624 runs in 15 international games with an average of 52 with a century and four half centuries. During this, he scored 105 undefeated runs on just 60 balls against Germany in the ICC T20 World Cup European Qualifier. She is the first player from Ireland to score a century in T20 Internationals.

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