Experienced India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Tuesday received the ICC Player of the Month award for his superlative present in the restricted overs sequence against England in March. The 31-year-old Indian took six wickets at an economic system charge of 4.65 in the three ODIs, whereas capturing 4 wickets at a unbelievable economic system charge of 6.38 in the 5 T20Is to emerge as the standout bowler on both facet in the white ball sequence. “After what seemed like a really long and painful gap, I was delighted to be playing for India again. I used the time away to work on my fitness and skill and I am happy to be back taking wickets for my country,” Bhuvneshwar stated in an ICC launch. Bhuvneshwar turned the third successive Indian recipient of the award since its inception early this yr.
The January honours had been claimed by dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his exploits in Australia, whereas veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin received it for the month of February following a stupendous all-round present in the house Test sequence against England. “I would like to thank each and every person who helped me in this journey starting from my family and friends and my teammates. Also, a special thank you to the ICC voting academy and all the fans who voted for me and made me the ICC Men`s Player of the Month for March,” Bhuvneshwar stated.
Besides Bhuvneshwar, ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Zimbabwe`s Sean Williams had been additionally nominated in the males`s class. Former India batsman VVS Laxman, representing the ICC Voting Academy, stated: “Bhuvi missed nearly a year and a half of international cricket through multiple unrelated injuries, but you`d never have guessed. “He was excellent in each the PowerPlay overs and at the loss of life in the white-ball codecs against a robust, aggressive England batting line-up. Economical and penetrative, he was instrumental in shaping Indian triumphs in each sequence.”
South African Lizelle Lee, who performed 4 ODIs against India the place she scored a century and two half-centuries to maneuver to the prime of Women`s ODI batting rankings, was named the ICC Women`s Player of the Month for March. “I am happy and honoured to receive this award. Such accolades are a great way to keep me motivated and to continue to work even harder on my game. A big thank you to my teammates for their support as this would never have been possible without them,” Lee stated. Commenting on Lee`s efficiency in March, Ramiz Raja, representing the ICC Voting Academy, stated: “It is not easy scoring those many runs in alien batting conditions. It is always a challenge to adjust from bouncy pitches to slow low turning tracks and Lizelle did magnificently.” The nominees amongst the ladies`s additionally comprised THE Indian duo of Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Punam Raut.
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