ICC Women’s Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against HOT-FAVOURITE Tahlia McGrath for Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race, Follow LIVE Updates

ICC Women’s Best T20 Cricketer 2022: India’s superwoman Smriti Mandhana is going up against Australia’s superstar Tahlia McGrath for ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer…

ICC Women's Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against HOT-FAVOURITE Tahlia McGrath for Women's T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race, Follow LIVE Updates
ICC Women's Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against HOT-FAVOURITE Tahlia McGrath for Women's T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race, Follow LIVE Updates

ICC Women’s Best T20 Cricketer 2022: India’s superwoman Smriti Mandhana is going up against Australia’s superstar Tahlia McGrath for ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer of the year award. McGrath is however the hot favourite. The two will be competing with Pakistan’s Nida Dar and NewZealand’s Sophie Devine for the award. Follow Latest ICC Cricket Updates with InsideSport.IN.

  • Smriti Mandhana has scored 593 runs in 23 T20s including five half-centuries.
  • She was one of the top-perfomers in the Commonwealth Games and Women’s Asia Cup.
  • Tahlia McGrath, the superstar all-rounder is the clear favourite.
  • She has scored 435 runs in 16 matches at an average of 62.14 and has 13 wickets.
  • The award winner will be chosen by online fan voting and ICC Voting Academy
  • Global cricket fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite stars of 2022
  • Voting will commence early in January with the winners announced later in the month

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ICC Women’s Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against HOT-FAVOURITE Tahlia McGrath for Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race, Follow LIVE Updates

Smriti Mandhana – India

594 runs in 23 matches with five half-centuries

The year that was

Last year’s ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year nominee features yet again in the same category. That is some consistency from India’s batting mainstay – the super-talented Smriti Mandhana.

From smashing the quickest fifty by an India woman (off just 23 balls) to breaching the 2500-run mark in T20Is, Mandhana enjoyed a good run this year, leaving her mark on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Women’s T20 Asia Cup in Bangladesh, and a memorable five-match T20I home series against Australia towards the business end of a fruitful year.

Memorable performance

Mandhana’s most exciting innings of 2022 came in the second T20I of the bilateral series against Australia in December. In front of over 47,000 spectators – the highest turnout for a women’s cricket match in India – at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai, Mandhana smacked a 49-ball 79 while chasing Australia’s 187/1.

She was India’s top-scorer in the match, taking the match to the very end as India set up a Super Over clash after levelling the scores at 187/5.

In the Super Over, India came out to bat first and scored a competitive total of 20/1, out of which Mandhana scored 13 off the last three balls (4, 6, 3). This turned out to be a total well enough for India as they restricted Australia to 16/1, sealing a memorable win in front of a roaring crowd.

Nida Dar – Pakistan

396 runs in 16 matches at an average of 56.57, and 15 wickets

The year that was

The first and the only Pakistan bowler to have claimed 100 T20I wickets, and currently, the second-highest wicket-taker in Women’s T20Is, all-rounder Nida Dar impressed more with the bat this year.

She struck three fifty-plus scores this year: an unbeaten fifty at the Commonwealth Games, similar exploits against India at the Asia Cup, and a well-made 61 at home against Ireland in November.

Dar was exceptional in the Asia Cup in which she amassed 145 runs in six matches, at a superb average of 72.50, and also claimed eight wickets at a meager 14.87 runs a piece. For her all-round brilliance, she was also voted as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for October.

Memorable performance

Dar’s best performance of the year in the shortest format was in the Asia Cup, against Pakistan’s arch-rivals India. After a shaky start, with Pakistan struggling at 33/3 at the end of the Powerplay, skipper Bismah Maroof was joined by Dar. Together they stitched a crucial partnership of 76 runs.

Even after Maroof’s wicket, Dar kept the momentum going with a fiery knock. She smashed 56* from just 37 balls with five fours and a six, helping her side post 137/6.

With the ball, she gave away 23 runs from her four overs, and claimed two important wickets of Jemimah Rodrigues and India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, as Pakistan cruised to their first-ever win over India in women’s T20Is in six years. Dar was adjudged Player of the Match for her match-winning contributions.

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Sophie Devine – New Zealand

389 runs in 14 matches at an average of 29.92 and 13 wickets

The year that was

The No.1 all-rounder on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings, White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine, is at the top of the rankings summit for a reason. She proves time and again why she is one of the best all-rounders of the game.

Under her leadership, New Zealand won 11 out of 14 games this year, including one Super Over win over West Indies in the fourth T20I in Antigua.

Memorable performance

Another memorable performance of an ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year nominee featured a Super Over thriller. In the fourth T20I of a five-match series against West Indies in October, Devine emerged as the Player of the Match.

It was a low-scoring thriller, with New Zealand making 111/4, thanks to Amelia Kerr’s 49. Devine was dismissed early, running out for 13. But she was brilliant with the ball, returning 3/29 from her four-over spell as West Indies went on to level the scores on the last ball with just one wicket in hand.

In the Super Over, West Indies made 15/0, and the onus was on the experienced duo of Suzie Bates and Devine, to take their side across the line and seal the series. Devine sent the first ball for a six, she then ran a two and a single. Bates then rotated the strike with one run (leg bye), and at this stage, New Zealand still needed six runs to win with two balls remaining.

Devine ran a two on the next ball, and only a boundary on the last ball could have sealed the deal for the White Ferns. Devine hit a six off the last ball, and not only won the match for her team but also won the Player of the Match award for her match-defining exploits.

Tahlia McGrath – Australia

435 runs in 16 matches at an average of 62.14 and 13 wickets

The year that was

Made her T20I debut in October 2021, and is one of the nominees for the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – such has been Tahlia McGrath’s meteoric rise this year in the shortest format. One of the most exciting talents around, she is also a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and the current World No.1 MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I batter.

At the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, she amassed 128 runs in five matches, averaging 42.66. For her stellar showing, she was voted as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August this year.

ICC Women's Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against Tahlia McGrath for Women's T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race

Memorable performance

McGrath started her 2022 with a bang against England in the multi-format Women’s Ashes series opener in Adelaide. She made a quick-fire unbeaten 91, her highest T20I score, off just 49 balls. Her entertaining innings was studded with 13 fours and a six.

Prior to that, she also made an impact with the ball as she returned 3/26 from her four overs, restricting England to 169/4. However, the way McGrath took the attack and batted fearlessly, the total seemed below par, as she along with skipper Meg Lanning chased it down with 18 balls to spare.

McGrath was well-deservingly awarded the Player of the Match title.

Voting

The voting for the ICC Awards 2022 will then in the first few days of January 2023, and a larger group of international media representatives—the ICC Voting Academy—will submit their choices alongside international cricket fans, who will once again be encouraged to vote for their favourites at icc-cricket.com. The winner will be decided by adding the results of the ICC Voting Academy selections and the fan vote.

How to Vote?

  • Fans registered with the ICC can vote via the ICC website
  • The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and hold a 90 per cent share of the vote
  • Fans vote account for the 10 per cent share of vote
  • The winner will be announced in the late January

ICC Women’s Best T20 Cricketer 2022: Smriti Mandhana goes up against HOT-FAVOURITE Tahlia McGrath for Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year, Nida Dar & Sophie Devine also in race, Follow LIVE Updates

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