India Women’s cricket team’s superstar batter, Smriti Mandhana, has won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy for being the ICC’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2021. She has become only the second female player after Ellyse Perry to win this prestigious felicitation twice. Mandhana won this award back in 2018, by scoring 1291 runs in the white-ball formats.

Mind-blowing Mandhana in 2021

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Mandhana’s numbers in 2021

After a bizarre year for the cricketing fraternity in 2020, Mandhana has performed exceptionally well for Team India in 2021. Since India returned to international cricket post Covid in 2021, Mandhana has scored 855 runs in 22 matches across formats. She averaged 38.86 and hit one big Test hundred and five fifties during this period.

She was consistent with her batting skills in all three formats in 2021. She averaged 31.87, 35.20, and 61 in T20, ODI, and Test respectively. Her ability to score according to circumstances and adapt quickly according to the match situation and format is tremendous. Mandhana’s ability to score runs at a quick pace has ensured a good platform from the top of the order for India in all three formats of the game.

Mandhana’s batting dominance in 2021

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Mandhana’s dominance against top oppositions

India played three opponents in 2021 in the form of Australia and England in their respective backyards, and South Africa in India. Mandhana managed to perform well in all three series. She scored 352 runs at an exceptional average of 47.89 against Australia. It included a ‘Player of the Match’ knock of 127 in India’s maiden day-night Test match.

She was brilliant in England as well, scoring 289 runs at an average of 36.55. It’s always difficult to face the new ball in England, irrespective of the type of ball (red or white). Mandhana managed to negotiate it well and played impressively in all seven games.

The series against South Africa was in India, which included only the white-ball matches. Mandhana has been a sensation for India in white-ball cricket at the top of the order. She managed to prove her point with an amazing series against a tough South African team, scoring 213 runs in eight matches at a decent average of 34.88.

Mandhana’s ability to score all around the globe is a plus for the Indian team. She managed to score 638 runs in 2021 away from home. Mandhana averaged 42.22 in 16 matches at venues away from home (Australia and England).

Mandhana has been the standout performer for India in 2021 in all three formats. The award is the highest individual distinction in the Women’s overall category, and Mandhana’s performance in all three formats of the game bodes well for her and India.