Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju conferred Arjuna Award to star Indian batsman Smriti Mandhana in the ceremony held in New Delhi. Mandhana had missed the Award function last year owing to international commitments.
Mandhana had an outstanding season last year
Meanwhile, the season that went by saw the 22-year-old reach the top of the ODI rankings. Smriti Mandhana is not just known for her stylish strokeplay anymore; she has added much-needed power to her game to meet the demands of the modern game. Last year she had scored 669 runs in 12 ODIs and 622 runs in 25 T20Is and had been in stellar form since then.
The Arjuna Award will be another feat to her outstanding career and ICC awarded her the best ODI players of the year. The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to recognise outstanding achievement in sports. Smriti Mandhana is looking forward to another stellar season after a memorable outing in the last year. She said that she has been working hard with coach WV Raman and working on her batting.
“I and Coach Raman sir have been discussing quite a bit about my game. How I can become more consistent in T20 cricket, how I can add more power to my game. I still feel I need to improve on that front,” Mandhana said yesterday.
So far, Smriti Mandhana has amassed 1951 runs in the ODI format at a splendid average of 42.41. She will look to make it even better when India host South Africa later this year in September. Australia will host the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup from February 21 to March 8.