Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the ICC Women’s player of the month award for September. Harmanpreet achieved this award for her outstanding performance in the ODI series in England. She also left behind her teammate and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana in the race for the award.
“It was great to be nominated for the award and to win it is an amazing feeling. To come out as winner when being nominated alongside Smriti and Nigar is very humbling. I have always taken immense pride in representing my country and achieving the historic ODI series win in England will remain a landmark moment for me in my career.“ Harmanpreet said after winning the award.
Although, Bangladesh’s Nigar Sultana, who performed brilliantly in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, Indian captain and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were in the list for the ICC Women’s player of the month award. But Harmanpreet won this award leaving Sultana and Mandhana behind.
The month of September was memorable for Harmanpreet. India took a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI series against England under her leadership. India won the first series in ODIs in England since 1999. In addition, Harmanpreet scored 221 runs in three matches. She made an unbeaten 74 in the first ODI, followed by 143 off 111 balls in the second ODI.
On the other hand, in the men’s section, Mohammad Rizwan beat India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel and Australian all-rounder Cameron Green in the race for the prize. Rizwan also showed great form in September.
“I would like to thank Almighty Allah and express my heartfelt delight to all that enabled me to achieve this award. I want to give my high appreciation to all my teammates as they made things easy for me. These achievements boost your confidence. I am happy with my performance and I would like to take this momentum forward in Australia,” Rizwan said.