India's opener Smriti Mandhana performed well in all formats of cricket in the year 2021. Seeing the performance, she won the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year award.
Smriti Mandhana surpassed England's Tammy Beaumont, South Africa's Lizelle Lee and Ireland's Gabby Lewis to win the ICC award.
Despite the year 2021 being tough, Smriti Mandhana left the mark on her performance on the field. In the limited-overs home series against South Africa, India could win only two of the eight matches and in both Smriti played the role of a facilitator. She scored an unbeaten 80 in the second ODI and played an unbeaten knock of 48 runs in the last T20. She scored 78 runs in the first innings in the one-off Test against England that ended in a draw. At the same time, 49 runs were added in the only win for India in the ODI series. In the T20 series, she also scored 29 runs in 15 balls and a half-century but India lost the series 2-1.
Smriti Mandhana scored 86 runs in the second match of the ODI series against Australia. In the only test of her career, she scored a century and was player of the match. Mandhana made India's first day and night test memorable by scoring a century in the match.
Smriti Mandhana has played 4 Tests, 62 ODIs and 84 T20 matches for India so far in which she has scored 325 runs in Tests, 2377 runs in ODIs and 1971 runs in T20.