On Thursday, January 26, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the 30-year-old England Women’s National Cricket Team all-rounder Nat Sciver as the winner of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had finalised four names for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022 – India’s Smriti Mandhana, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr, Australia’s Beth Mooney and England’s Nat Sciver – and all four of them were part of the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year. In the end, it was the England all-rounder, who managed to win the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2022.
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Nat Sciver was sensational with her performances throughout the year and she delivered consistent performances for her side across formats. The all-rounder made run-scoring look pretty easy and she scored her runs beautifully. With the ball, she emerged as a big threat to the opponents and got crucial breakthroughs for her side.
Overall, she played 33 international matches in 2022 and slammed 1346 runs and bagged 22 wickets. She also led her side for much of the home summer.
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Nat Sciver peaked in ODIs in 2022 and even won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award. She smashed 833 runs in ODIs in 17 games at an amazing average of 59.50 and a good strike rate of 91.43, including 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries, and with the ball, she bagged 11 wickets.
In Tests, she batted in 3 innings in the year and scored 242 runs at an average of 121.00, with the best score of 169* coming against South Africa. Also, she bagged 5 wickets in Test cricket. In 14 T20Is in 2022, she scored 271 runs at an average of 27.10 and with the ball, she bagged 6 wickets
I’ve been really happy with my form this year – Nat Sciver
Nat Sciver had earlier said that she was pleased with her form in 2022 and it was a memorable year for her.
“I’ve been really happy with my form this year,” Sciver said after picking up yet another award for her 2022 performances – the England PCA Player of the Year Award.
“It’s weird to think that the World Cup was this year too. The two centuries in the World Cup were really special, and the Test match innings against South Africa was brilliant too.
“As cricketers we are perfectionists and often remember the negative things that have happened so it’s hard to remember all the good things but there have been some great memories and highlights.”
Her best performance was witnessed by the fans in the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, where she walked out to bat when England were at 38/2. She slammed unbeaten 148 runs off 121 balls, including 15 fours and 1 six, against a strong Australian unit.
Nat Sciver played a sensational knock, but her heroics wasn’t enough for England to chase down a humongous 357-run target posted by Australia in the final at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
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