India's swashbuckling opener Smriti Mandhana was on 24 January 2022 named the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year for her incredible run of form across all formats in 2021. Mandhana was short-listed for the top award -- the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy -- along with Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa and Gaby Lewis of Ireland, the ICC said.

What

  1. The 25-year-old played a sublime innings of 78 in the first innings of the one-off Test against England that ended in a draw.
  2. She played an important knock of 49 in India's only win in the ODI series.
  3. Her 15-ball 29 and fifty in the T20I series went in vain though as India fell short in both the matches and lost the series 2-1.
  4. The Southpaw was in good touch in the series against Australia, starting with the ODI series where she scored 86 in the second ODI.
  5. Mandhana made India's first-ever pink-ball Test even more memorable by smashing her maiden century in the longest format.