Sportstar Aces Awards: Mandhana is cricketer of the year

India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was recently adjudged the Women’s Cricketer of the Year as well as the Women's ODI Player of the Year by the ICC.

Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for scoring 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 Twenty20 Internationals in 2018.   -  vijay soneji

India batswoman Smriti Mandhana was named the Sportswoman of the Year (Cricket) owing to a splendid 2018 across the Big Bash League in Australia and the KIA Women’s T20 League last year, and she moved to the top of the ICC ODI batting rankings just a few days ago.

The India vice-captain Mandhana was also adjudged the Women’s Cricketer of the Year as well as the Women's ODI Player of the Year by the ICC.

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The left-handed opener won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for scoring 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 Twenty20 Internationals in 2018.

Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

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