The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the nominees of ICC Men’s and Women’s player of the month today. Three players have made it to the men’s list of nominees- Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam from Pakistan & Kushal Bhurtel. The Women’s nominees of the month of April are Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt (Australia), and Leigh Kasperek from New Zealand. All the players from their respected countries have earned a place on the nominee list by showing a great display of cricket.
The Pakistani top-order batsman Babar Azam is on the list as Babar amassed 533 runs in 10 matches (ODI & T20 combinedly) in the month of April. Babar played 3 ODIs against South Africa and made 228 runs in three matches with a fantastic average of 76, including a 103 off 94 balls.
Babar even became the no 1 ODI batsman dethroning Virat Kohli from the top in April.
In 7 T20 matches, where Babar played 3 against South Africa and 4 against Zimbabwe, notching up 305 runs at a strike rate of 126.55, including 122 runs off 59 balls against South Africa. He also fabricated the highest ever partnership in a T20 run chase with wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan of 197 runs against South Africa.
The in-form opener from Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman had a great time in the month of April. Fakhar represented Pakistan in 3 ODI matches against South Africa, scoring 302 runs with a fascinating average of 100.66. He smacked 2 centuries in the series along with gutsy 193 off 159 balls in the 2nd ODI. For his outstanding performance, Fakhar acquired the man of the series award.
Kushal Bhurtel, the opening batsman from Nepal was the highest run-scorer in the recently concluded tri-series (Netherlands, Nepal, and Malaysia) with 278 runs in 5 matches with an impressive average of 69.50. Kushal also became the first batsman to score three consecutive half-centuries during the tri-series won by Nepal.
In last month Aussie Women cricketer Alyssa Healy played 3 ODI matches against New Zealand and scored 155 runs with an average of 51.66, which was the highest by any player in the tournament. Healy also became the 3rd player after Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell to play 200 matches for Australia across all three formats.
The right-arm spinner from New Zealand, Leigh Kasperek grabbed 9 wickets in 2 matches with an incredible average of 7.7. Her economy was 4.4. In the second ODI, she returned with 6/46 but it went in vain as New Zealand got defeated by Australia. Kasperek bagged 3 wickets in a maiden over for New Zealand.
Meghan Schutt, the right arm medium-fast bowler from Australia was a part of 3 match ODI series against New Zealand. She had 7 scalps in 3 matches with the best bowling figure of 4/52 in the 1st match at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.