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‘Rishabh Pant’, 2 others nominated for ICC Mens Player of the Month Awards

Rishabh Pant

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The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday, announced wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, England Captain Joe Root and Irelands Paul Stirling as the nominees for the inaugural ICC Mens Player of the Month (January) Awards.

The ICC Player of the Month Awards recognises and celebrates the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.

 

The three nominees for each of the categories have been shortlisted based on the on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of the month January.

 

Pant played two Tests against Australia where he scored a 97 at Sydney to ensure a draw before an unbeaten 89 at Brisbane that led India to a historic series win against arch-rival Australia.

 

Root played two Tests against Sri Lanka, where he scored a 228 and 186 and led his team to a 2-0 Test series victory.

 

The third nominee in the category, Stirling played two ODIs v UAE and three ODIs vs Afghanistan, where he scored three centuries.

 

The ICC also nominated Pakistans Diana Baig, South Africas Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp for ICC Womens Player of the Month January.

 

Baig played three ODIs and two T20Is against South Africa, where she led the wicket-takers with nine wickets in the three-match ODI series against South Africa.

 

Ismail also played three ODIs and two T20Is against Pakistan and took seven wickets in the victorious ODI series against Pakistan, before taking five wickets in the second T20I against the same opposition. Her compatriot all-rounder Marizanne Kapp who is the third nominee in the category played two ODIs and two T20Is against Pakistan where she made 115 runs at a strike rate of 110.57 and added three wickets in the ODI series against Pakistan.

 

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