The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the nominations for the ICC Player of the Month for January 2022 for both Men and Women categories.
The nominees for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January are South African U-19 Player Dewald Brevis, Bangladesh pacer Ebadot Hossain, and South African batter Keegan Petersen.
The nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for January are Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu, West Indies batter Deandra Dottin, and England skipper Heather Knight.
The U-19 player of South Africa gained the votes for his match-winning performance in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 in the Caribbean. He gave an all-around performance, finishing as the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 506 runs at an impressive average of 84.33 including two hundred and three fifties in his six appearances. He also picked up seven wickets at 28.57. Consequently, he was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament.
As for Ebadot Hossain, he bowled nine wickets at 29.33 in two Tests against New Zealand in January. In the first Test, he took 6/46 and guided Bangladesh to a historic win in New Zealand, the first for them in the country.
Ebadot’s performance contributed to him becoming an overnight phenomenon, and he was awarded the Player of the Match Trophy as a result.
During the home Test series against India, the South African hitter Keegan Petersen was a revelation. He helped the Proteas win a series against a powerful Indian team at home, with his runs laying the groundwork as South Africa came back from a 0-1 deficit to win the series 2-1.
Petersen batted at No. 3 and scored 244 runs at an average of 61 over the series. When he was awarded Player of the Series, it came as no surprise.
In January, the Sri Lankan captain put in a stellar all-around performance in the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers, guiding her team to victory and a spot in the Games later this year.
Athapaththu was the competition’s top run-scorer, with 221 runs scored at an astounding average of 56.25. She also took four wickets while keeping a 6.75 average economy rate.
Sri Lanka has been named as the eighth team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which will be held for the first time since 1998.
In the ODI series against South Africa in January, the West Indies batter produced a stunning batting performance.
In two matches against the Proteas, she hit 187 runs, including an undefeated 150 at the Wanderers. She hit 18 fours and four sixes in her innings.
Rain delayed the play, and no result was reached, despite the fact that West Indies had reduced South Africa to 87/5. Despite this, her performance was a highlight of the show.
In the lone Test of the multi-format Women’s Ashes versus Australia, the England captain had a magnificent batting effort.
During the Test match in Canberra, Knight scored 216 runs, including an undefeated 168 in the first innings, which was the second-highest total by a skipper in the history of Women’s Test cricket.
Her knock gave England a commanding lead in the match, but Australia fought back, and the game ended in an exciting tie.