ICC Announces Women's T20I Team Of The Year 2022, Smriti Mandhana Among 4 Indians Included In The Team

Updated - 15 May 2024, 03:07 PM

Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC
Smriti Mandhana. Photo- ICC

On Monday, January 23, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022 and as many as 4 players from the India Women’s National Cricket Team – Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Renuka Singh – were included in the team.

India star Smriti Mandhana and Australia star Beth Mooney were named as the openers in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022. Mandhana performed incredibly in the year in the shortest format of the game, scoring 594 runs at an average of 33.00 and a strike rate of 133.48, including five half-centuries in 21 innings.

Also, she played crucial match-winning knocks for India during the year and finished as the fourth-highest run-scorer in 2022 in women’s T20Is.

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Mooney, on the other hand, performed brilliantly in the 14 T20Is she played in the year, scoring 449 runs at an amazing average of 56.12 and a strike rate of 134.43, including 4 half-centuries. She was the top-scorer for Australia in the Commonwealth Games final against India in Birmingham with 61 runs in her bag and her team won the gold medal.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana (Image Credits: Getty Images)

New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was named the captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022. She once again showcased her all-around brilliance in the year, scoring 389 runs and picking up 13 wickets to finish as the highest run-getter and joint-second-most wicket-taker for New Zealand. She delivered impactful performances in the Commonwealth Games and finished as the second-highest run-scorer behind Mooney.

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The No.4 and No.5 in the team of the year were from Australia – Ash Gardner and Tahila McGrath. Gardner was exceptional with the bat in 2022 as she scored 216 runs at a terrific strike rate of 152.11 and an amazing average of 72. She became just the third player in women’s T20Is to score over 200 runs in a calendar year in the format while averaging 50-plus and striking at a rate of 150 or more after Alyssa Healy in 2019 and Rachael Haynes in 2018.

Meanwhile, Tahila McGrath scored 435 runs in the year and picked up 13 wickets. She averaged 60-plus with the bat and scored her runs at a remarkable strike rate of 145, including four half-centuries.

From Pakistan, Nida Dar made it to the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022. She bagged 15 wickets at an average of 18.33 and an economy of 5.50 in T20Is in 2022. Also, she went wicketless in only three of her 14 T20Is.

Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Renuka Singh Part Of The Lower-Order In ICC Women’s T20I Team Of The Year 2022

Deepti Sharma. PC-SLC
Deepti Sharma. PC-SLC

Three players from the India Women’s National Cricket Team – Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Renuka Singh – were part of the lower order in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the year. Deepti Sharma bagged 29 wickets in the year, the joint-third-highest by any bowler in women’s T20Is and averaged 18.55 with the ball. With the bat, she scored 370 runs at an average of 37 and a strike rate of 136.02. She also won the Player of the Tournament award in the Women’s Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

The wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh scored 259 runs for India in 18 matches at a strike rate of over 150 in the year. Also, Renuka Singh bagged 22 T20I wickets at an average of 23.95 and an economy rate of 6.50. She was also one of the nominees for the ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year award.

The remaining two players in the team were England’s Sophie Ecclestone and Sri Lanka’s Inoka Ranaweera. Sophie Ecclestone bagged 19 wickets in 17 T20Is and Inoka Ranaweera finished the year with 27 wickets in 19 T20Is.

Women's T20I Team of the Year
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ICC Women’s T20I Team Of The Year 2022:

Smriti Mandhana, Beth Mooney, Sophie Devine (C), Ash Gardner, Tahlia Mcgrath, Nida Dar, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sophie Ecclestone, Inoka Ranaweera, Renuka Singh

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