After Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant won the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) Player of the Month award for January, the ICC has started to continue the tradition of awarding the top performances in the month. There have been some remarkable performances in the game across the three formats as the fans across the globe have enjoyed a great brand of cricket in February. The ICC on Tuesday announced the nominees for the ICC Player of the Month awards for the month of February to celebrate and honour the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.
The ICC has nominated the trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Joe Root and Kyle Mayers for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award. India’s senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has emerged as one of the top performers in the ongoing home Test series against England. On a square turning Chennai track, Ashwin scored a sensational century and also picked up 8 wickets in the second Test match. In the recently concluded Test in Ahmedabad, Ashwin became the second fastest to take 400 Test wickets and has already picked up a total of 24 wickets in the three Tests.
England captain Joe Root played a masterclass knock of 218 runs in the first Test against India in Chennai to help his team pick up a dominating 227-win and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Despite failing to contribute much with the bat in the series since that double ton, Root is currently the highest run-getter in the series with 333 runs at an average of 55.50. The final nominee in the list is West Indies’ debutant Kyle Mayers who played an astounding knock of 210 runs on his Test debut to help his team chase down a mammoth 4th innings target of 395 and beat Bangladesh in their own den in the historic first Test.
England batswoman Tammy Beaumont played a brilliant knock of 71 runs to help his team register an 8-wicket victory over New Zealand Women in the first ODI. Beaumont continued her excellent form in the next two games as well with stunning innings of 72 and 88* respectively. In the last 3 ODIs against New Zealand, the England opener has notched up 231 runs.
On the other hand, New Zealand’s Brooke Halliday is also named amongst the nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for her 110 runs and 2 wickets in the 3 ODIs. Recently, Brookes also went on to become the fourth woman to score fifties in each of her first two ODIs. England all-rounder Natalie Sciver scored a total of 96 runs and also picked up five wickets in the 3 ODIs against New Zealand. In the second ODI, Sciver bowled delivered an amazing match-winning all-round performance where she scored 63 runs and also ended up picking 3 wickets.
Each of the three nominees for both the categories have been shortlisted by the ICC on the basis of their performances during the month of February. The independent ICC Voting Academy will now submit their votes through email and will retain a 90% share of the vote while the fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote via the official ICC website and will have a 10% share of the vote.
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