ICC Player of the Month Award: Sikandar Raza & Tahlia McGrath receives the honor for August


ICC Player of the Month Award: Sikandar Raza & Tahlia McGrath receives the honor for August

The ICC on Monday announced the winners of the Player of the Month Award for August 2022. And what comes as a major breakthrough is that Zimbabwe’s star batter Sikandar Raza & Australia’s Tahlia McGrath has been rewarded for their swashbuckling performances during the month of August.

Raza was awarded as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August on the back of his scintillating performances for Zimbabwe during their ODI series against Bangladesh & India. The all-rounder scored two magnificent centuries unbeaten 135 & 117 during their historic 2-1 series win over Bangladesh.

His heroics with the bat helped Zimbabwe to chase big targets against Bangladesh & script historic by clinching the series by 2-1. Raza registered another mind-blowing century against India later in August though ended in a losing cause. Not only with bat, but Raza stunned everyone with the ball too by scalping seven wickets in the T20I format during August.

Notably, Raza becomes the first ever Zimbabwe player to win the ICC Player of the Month award which is a matter of pride in itself. He defeated big names such as Mitchell Santner of New Zealand and England’s Ben Stokes who were also nominated for the honors.

Reacting to being named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August, Raza commented: “I’m incredibly humbled and honored to have won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award from the ICC. It’s even more humbling to be the first Zimbabwean to ever win the award.

“I would like to thank everybody who has been in the changing room with me over the past three to four months, namely the technical staff and the players. Without them, this would not have been possible. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans in Zimbabwe and overseas for all your prayers and all your wishes, they are well received and I’m forever grateful.”

Former South Africa international and ICC Player of the Month voting panel member, JP Duminy said: “Sikandar has really blossomed into a fine all-rounder, and more importantly has shown supreme consistency against some of the top teams in the world. It’s exciting to see what comes next for him.”

McGrath lifts ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award

Tahlia McGrath becomes the new Australian sensation to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award after guiding her team to CWG 2022 in Birmingham. Tahlia displayed a clinical performance during CWG 2022 where she ended up amassing 114 runs at an average of 57 during the month, along with five wickets at a 13.40 economy rate. She played a vital role in helping Australia Women to add one more accolade to their name by winning the CWG 2022. One of her standout performances came during Australia’s win over Pakistan when McGrath scored an unbeaten 78. She starred with the ball too by scalping three wickets and effecting a run-out. Her zealous performance helped Australia to stay unbeaten throughout their CWG 2022.

On winning the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for August, McGrath commented: “I’m honored to have been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August given there are so many great players who are at the top of their game at the moment.

“I’m loving being back in the Australian team and being part of some really special moments, including making history as the first women’s team to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal.”

Former West Indies international and member of the voting panel Daren Ganga added: “McGrath is one of the most genuine all-rounders in the women’s game. Her skill to swing the ball with consistent control matched with her batting ability all present remarkable value added to Australia. She is only 26 years of age and has many more contributions and successes to enjoy in her country’s colors.”

McGrath lifts the ICC Womne’s Player of the month award after defeating teammate and fellow gold medal winner Beth Mooney and India’s Jemimah Rodrigues on the basis of votes of media representatives, ICC Hall of Famers, former international players, and fans registered at ICC’s Official Website.

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