ICC Player of the Month for April: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the men and women’s player of the month awards for April. Pakistan captain Babar Azam has won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for April 2021 due to his sensational performance in the previous month. On the other hand, Australia Women’s team skipper Alyssa Healy has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for April 2021.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam was nominated by the ICC for the top performer of the month award alongside his teammate Fakhar Zaman and Nepal’s Kushal Bhurtel. However, Babar leapfrogged the rest of the two cricketers due to his remarkable performance against South Africa in the white-ball series. The right-hander scored a total of 228 runs in the three-match ODI series and then also smashed 210 runs in the four T20Is against the Proteas at an average of 52.50. In the previous month, Babar achieved a phenomenal landmark in his international career as he became the No.1 ranked batsman in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings.
“The world bats in two ways in white ball cricket. One way is to destroy attacks with muscle and force and then there is the Babar Azam way, like conducting a batting symphony with punch, panache and flair, and he deserves to win this award,” said Ramiz Raja representing the ICC voting Academy.
Alongside Babar, Australian Women’s team captain Alyssa Healy has won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for April 2021 due to her fantastic performance in the preceding month. Alyssa Healy smashed 155 runs in the 3 ODIs played against New Zealand at an amazing average of 51.66 and a strike-rate of 98.72. She was also the leading run-getter as Australia thrashed New Zealand to extend their record unbeaten winning streak to 24 ODIs.
“Healy deserves to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month – April as she added the runs at the top consistently and at a good tempo to help set up Australia’s scoring in chases and target setting across all three games of their record-breaking series,” said Ian Bishop while appreciating Alyssa Healy’s efforts.
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