Indian women cricket team sensation and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana wins the ODI player of the year and ICC Women cricketer award 2018 at the ICC awards. The overwhelming news was disclosed by the ICC media twitter handle on December 31, 2018.
Left hander Smriti Mandana scored an aggregate of 669 runs in 12 ODI’s at an average of 66.90 and 622 runs in 25 T20 internationals in 2018. She is the only second Indian women player after Jhulan Goswami to win an ICC award. Jhulan Goswami was named ICC player of the year in 2007.
After getting the delightful news, here is what she said in a video posted on BCCI twitter handle “when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to 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.
Australia opening batswoman and wicket keeper Alyssa Healy was named ICC T20 Women player of the year for his sky rocketing performances in T20’s, which includes fiery 225 runs in 6 T20 at the Women’s World T20 in West Indies.
Here is what Alyssa Healy said after winning the award “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,”
“When I first started playing for Australia I never thought that I would achieve anything like this. It’s a huge honour and one that I will not take lightly,” the batswoman said.
England left arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone has won the ICC emerging player of the year for thumb nailing 18 wickets in 9 ODI’s and 17 wickets in 14 T20 internationals this calendar year.
Here is what she said after winning the award “It was my first full year as an England player after finishing my education so it’s amazing to get an award like this,”
“We learned a lot in India at the beginning of the year and we took that into our summer against New Zealand and South Africa. We’ve never said we’re the perfect team but we’ll keep working hard to get better and that’s the same for me,” She added.