The ICC Team of the Year acknowledges the best players who entertained one and all with their performances in a calendar year.
Here, we take a look at 11 such individuals who impressed everyone with their exploits in 2021 and made it to the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
Click here to find out the nominations for the ICC Women's T20I Player of the Year, and here to find out the nominees for the ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year.
Smriti Mandhana (India)
With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, Smriti Mandhana was India's highest scorer in the format in 2021. She scored two fifties in the nine matches she played this year, and got her team off to rapid starts regularly, as evident up by her strike-rate of 131.44.
Tammy Beaumont (England)
Tammy Beaumont's reliable presence at the top of the order helped England off to steady starts regularly. She played nine matches and amassed 303 runs at an average of 33.66, including three fifties.
Danni Wyatt (England)
Danni Wyatt, Beaumont's partner in crime at the top of the order, enjoyed an equally good time in 2021. Wyatt amassed 252 runs in nine matches, at an average of 31.50. While Beaumont was a solid presence at one end, Wyatt took the attack to the bowlers, as her strike-rate of 133.33 suggests.
Gaby Lewis (Ireland)
The 20-year-old Ireland international enjoyed a great year as she became the first Ireland Women’s player to score a century in international cricket, with her knock of 105* against Germany on the opening day of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. In all, Lewis amassed 325 runs in the year at an excellent average of 40.62.
Nat Sciver (c) (England)
The experienced England all-rounder produced many impactful performances throughout the year. Batting in the middle-order, Sciver scored a total of 153 runs, including one fifty, and she also picked up 10 wickets at an excellent average of 20.20.
Amy Jones (wk) (England)
The England wicketkeeper-batter impressed everyone with her scoring range and power hitting ability in 2021. Jones batted mainly in the lower middle-order, and helped England with quick runs regularly. She accumulated a total of 151 runs, which came at a superb strike-rate of 142.45.
Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)
Laura Wolvaardt was one of the best performers among middle-order batters in 2021. She gave South Africa much-needed acceleration in the middle-overs, scoring her runs at a mind-boggling strike-rate of 161. She was extremely consistent at that too, as her runs came at an outstanding average of 53.66.
Marizanne Kapp (South Africa)
The South African played only six matches in 2021 but still delivered an impactful, all-round performance in those games. Kapp amassed exactly 100 runs and picked up eight wickets as well, at an excellent average of 15.00.
Sophie Ecclestone (England)
The England spinner was one of the most effective bowlers in T20Is last year. Ecclestone picked up 11 wickets in nine matches, at an excellent average and strike-rate of 17.18 and 17.9 respectively.
Loryn Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Phiri played nine T20I matches for Zimbabwe, and claimed a stunning 16 wickets, including best figures of 5/6. Her bowling average stood at a stunning 7.18.
Shabnim Ismail (South Africa)
The experienced South African pacer played only six matches last year, but picked up 11 wickets at a mean average and strike-rate of 13.00 and 12.0 respectively. This includes a five-for as well, which came in the home series against Pakistan in January.
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