Smriti Mandhana wins Sportstar Aces 2020 Sportswoman of the Year award in cricket

Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana was conferred with the Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year award in cricket.

Smriti Mandhana was India’s leading run-scorer in 2019, both in One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 cricket.

Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana was conferred with the Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year award in cricket.

Mandhana was India’s leading run-scorer in both One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 cricket to stake her claim as the best batter in the country. She scored 423 runs in seven matches at an average of 70.50 – the highest among all nations.

After receiving the award, she said: "Thank you Sportstar for this award. Last year was an amazing year for Indian women's cricket. I'm happy to have made a small contribution in that. This award will motivate me to do better in the future. This year is very important because of the T20 World Cup. Hope we return to India with the trophy."

The 23-year-old also warmed up for the T20 World Cup in fine fettle with an aggregate of 405 runs in 14 outings at a strike rate of 124.61.

With Mandhana in the ranks, the Indian team had a superb run in ODIs in 2019 when it beat New Zealand and the West Indies away from home and triumphed against England and South Africa at home.

India lost the T20 series against New Zealand and England, but comprehensively beat South Africa 3-1 before routing the West Indies 5-0.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, chess ace Vishwanathan Anand, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M. M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian shuttler Aparna Popat selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.

You can watch the Sportstar Aces Awards telecast on Sony Ten 1 SD & HD on Sunday 26 January at 8 PM (IST).

1st Repeat : Monday 27 January at 6 PM, 2nd Repeat : Tuesday 28th January  at 7 PM