INDIA: The winners of the ICC Player of the Month awards for September 2022 were revealed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday, October 10.
The ICC Men’s Player of the Month award went to Pakistan’s opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan, and the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award went to India’s inspirational skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
Rizwan wins the ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award for the first time after a stellar scoring spree throughout September, beating fellow contenders Cameron Green (Australia) and Axar Patel (India) to the title.
In ten T20 International matches, including matches in the Men’s Asia Cup and a subsequent home T20 International series against a visiting England squad, the Pakistani player amassed an astounding 553 runs.
Harmanpreet Kaur registered seven half-centuries in addition to a stunning batting average of 69.12 for the month, demonstrating why he is currently ranked first among men’s T20I batters.
Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for India for the first time due to her pivotal contribution to the nation’s first ODI series victory in England since 1999.
During the ODI series, the India captain was at her best, amassing 221 runs throughout the three games, keeping a strike rate of 103.47, and only getting out once.
In the opening game of the series at Hove, she demonstrated composure and grace, as her 74 not out allowed her side to easily chase down England’s 228-run total to win by seven wickets.
While that was spectacular, the second showdown was unquestionably the high point of her month. When she batted first, she took the lead with an exciting 143 not out from 111 balls.
The full range of Harmanpreet Kaur’s strokeplay was displayed as she smashed 18 fours and four maximums. As England struggled to reach the 334 target set by the tourists, Kaur and her teammates made history.
In a poll among media representatives, members of the ICC Hall of Fame, past international players, and fans registered at ICC-cricket.com, Kaur prevailed against her countrywoman Smriti Mandhana and Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana to win her first match.