England’s Captain Joe Root has been named as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August based on his swashbuckling performances in the test series against India. Joe Root was nominated for the ‘ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award’ for August along with India’s Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi.
Joe Root gleamed by scoring 507 runs in the three tests of the five match test series against India played in the month of August. His innings was embellished with three tons & he emerged as an ultimate trouble for Indian bowlers. His spectacular performances in test series against India made him the No.1 ranked test batsman in the ICC Test Rankings list.
Former South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy who is one of the member of the ICC Voting Panel was totally impressed with the way Joe Root led from fore-front. Here is what he said about Joe Root, “With the expectation and responsibility on his shoulders as the captain, I was really impressed with how he led from the front with the bat, and become the number one ranked Test batter in the world.”
Ireland’s star player Eimear Richardson won the ICC Player of the Month award for women. He compatriot Gaby Lewis and Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham were other nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award.
Richardson was awarded as the Player of the Tournament in last month’s Women’s ICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. She picked up seven wickets, giving away runs at just 4.19 per over. Richardson also scalped a couple of wickets each against Germany & table toppers Scotland. Richardson conceded no runs & scalped two wickets against France before returning figures of 1/22 against the Netherlands. Richardson also stand out with the bat by scoring 76 runs in the tournament, including a fine 53 against the Netherlands.
Here’s what Richardson had to say after winning the award, “It was very exciting to be nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August and to now be voted as the winner is just so amazing and humbling. It was great to contribute to overall team performances at the European Qualifiers and hopefully we have done enough to make the next stage and compete on a global level again.”
ICC facilitates a ‘Special Guest’ with the ‘Player of the Month Award’
The ICC awarded a special player of the month award to a special guest as well. ‘Dazzle the dog’ has been awarded for his fielding efforts during a Women’s T20 game.
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