The International Cricket Council have named Ravichandran Ashwin as ICC’s Men’s player of the month for February. Also, English cricketer, Tammy Beaumont has been selected as ICC women’s player of the month.
The International Cricket Council recognizes the incredible performances by Men’s and women’s cricketers across all formats every month and celebrates by awarding the most deserving candidate.
There’s no doubting that no other cricketer barring Ashwin deserved the award. The Indian all-rounder exhibited brilliant performances with both bat and ball in the recently concluded three-match Test series against England. With 32 wickets to his name in 3 Tests, he led the wickets chart in the series. He scored an incredible century in the second Test which proved instrumental in helping India win the Test and bounce back in the series.
Ashwin claimed 400 Test wickets in the following Test and wrote his name in the history books. The 34-year old picked as many as three five-fors in the series.
Commenting on Ashwin’s performance in February, Ian Bishop representing the ICC Voting Academy said, “Ashwin’s consistent wicket-taking, even in helpful conditions have helped to put his team ahead in a very important series. His century in the second Test was as critical as it came when England was trying to claw their way back into the match. That knock ensured that India shut the door on the opposition.”
On the other hand, Tammy Beaumont played all three ODIs in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. The English cricketer scored fifty-plus scores in all three ODIs. She amassed 231 runs in the series and thus received the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for February 2021.
“Three half centuries of which two were in helping her team win the match was outstanding from Beaumont. Particular emphasis on the fact that two of the knocks were unbeaten innings, and coming inevitably, on two occasions whilst having lost her opening partner early on, she had to see things through for her team, which was incredible.”