Women’s World Cup 2022: ‘Looking forward with clear focus to win WC’ says Smriti Mandhana;
Women’s World Cup 2022: India opening batter Smriti Mandhana after winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of 2021 said that she is looking forward to 2022, with a strong focus on winning the World Cup in New Zealand.
In all modes of the game, Mandhana has had a fantastic 2021. She scored 855 runs at an average of 38.86 in 22 internationals, including one century and five half-centuries.
Commenting on receiving the honour, Smriti Mandhana, said:
“I am truly honoured for receiving the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2021. I am grateful to my teammates, my coaches, my family, friends and fans who believed in my potential and supported me in this journey. A recognition of such high class from the global governing body of cricket in an exceptional and difficult year will motivate me to continue to better my game and contribute to Team India’s success going forward.”
“I look forward to 2022 with a clear focus on winning the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand. As we continue to prepare as a team and unit,” she added.
India will depart for New Zealand to lock horns with the White Ferns in one T20I. And five ODIs, beginning February 9 in Napier. And then the Mithali-led side would compete in the 50-over World Cup.
After the game against Pakistan (March 6) in the Women’s World Cup. India will square off against New Zealand (March 10). West Indies (March 12), England (March 16), Australia (March 19), Bangladesh (March 22). And South Africa (March 27) in the group stage.
Mandhana, India’s opening batsman, had a fantastic year last year. Mandhana was instrumental in both victories in the limited-overs series against South Africa. In which India won two of the eight matches at home. She hit 80 not out as India chased down 158 in the second ODI. To help them tie the series. And she hit 48 not out in the final T20I to help India win.
(With ANI Inputs)