Our Indian superstar Smriti Mandhana has proved once again just how worthy she is of stardom after being crowned ICC Women’s Player of the Year.
Topping off a very impressive season she was also named the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year.
There’s no sign of her slowing down with 669 runs in 12 One Day Internationals as well as 622 runs in 25 T20 matches ahead of India's upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Mandhana had heard of the award before and was very excited when she was notified of the honour.
“When the award used to be announced I used to think about when I would get it, so finally receiving it feels quite good,” she said.
Hurricanes Coach Sallian Briggs was honoured to have Mandhana join the Hurricanes squad this season.
“She’s one of the best players in the world to receive that award,” she stated.
Briggs touched on how some of the best cricketers in history have not managed to achieve the honour that she has.
“I’m so pleased for her, I think she’s slightly overwhelmed but so proud of herself and she’s a great player.”
Mandhana talked about how being acknowledged for her performances through these awards motivated her to work harder and do well for her team.
At just 22 years of age, Mandhana is the second Indian women to win an ICC award after Jhulan Goswami won it in 2007.
The chief executive of the ICC, David Richardson congratulated Mandhana, stating that she was “a worthy winner of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award.