Indian women’s cricket team designated opener Smriti Mandhana has been named ICC Women’s Cricket of the Year. The Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy which denotes the achievement was also given to her during 2018 and she is the second woman cricketer to achieve this after Ellyse Perry. England’s Tammy Beaumont won the T20 Women’s Player of the Year Award.
I am truly honoured for receiving the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2021. I am grateful to my team-mates, my coaches, my family, friends and fans who believed in my potential and supported me in this journey. A recognition of such high class from the global governing body of cricket in an exceptional and difficult year will motivate me to continue to better my game and contribute to Team India's success going forward. I look forward to 2022 with a clear focus on winning the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand as we continue to prepare as a team and unit.
Smriti Mandhana, Batter, India