The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday revealed the latest group of international players in contention to win the ICC Player of the Month awards following an action-packed month of cricket in October.
ICC has nominated Indian cricket team's fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the 'ICC Player of the Month' for the month of October. Apart from him, ICC has also nominated Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand cricket team and South African batsman Quinton de Kock for this award. These three players had amazing performance so far in the ODI World Cup 2023.
South African opening batsman Quinton de Kock had scored 431 runs in the month of October. During this period he had scored 3 brilliant centuries. He scored centuries in South Africa's first two matches against Sri Lanka cricket team and Australia cricket team. After this, he scored 174 runs against Bangladesh cricket team at Wankhede Stadium. de Kock also took 10 catches in the month of October.
The South African opening batter has already announced his retirement from ODI cricket at the end of the Cricket World Cup, but his impact remained as significant as ever during the Proteas’ impressive start to CWC23 in October.
On the other hand, Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been nominated for ICC Player of the Month after an excellent start to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 campaign in which he has picked 15 wickets so far.
Bumrah started his World Cup campaign with an impressive two for 35 against Australia at Chennai, before blitzing Afghanistan with four wickets for 39 runs in Delhi. This continued in spectacular fashion, with the seamer taking two for 19 in a Player of the Match display against rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad which included the prized wicket of Mohammad Rizwan with a brilliant slower ball.
At the same time, New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra is the third player on the list of the ICC Player of the Month who has impressed in his first ever World Cup appearance with centuries against England and Australia.
Having played in only 12 ODIs prior to the start of the tournament, it can be said that Ravindra’s lightning start to CWC23 took some by surprise, but the 23-year-old immediately grabbed the headlines with 123 in 96 balls as New Zealand secured a nine-wicket opening day victory over defending champions England. Ravindra followed this superb display up with half-centuries against Netherlands (51) and India (75), before a glittering 116 against Australia capped his memorable month.
In the women’s game, Nahida Akter is nominated for the ICC Player of the Month after producing a trio of wicket-taking performances in Bangladesh’s T20 series win over Pakistan. Amelia Kerr scored runs aplenty during October, contributing strongly in both ODI and T20I contests against South Africa. Completing the line-up is West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews after her performances in the series against Australia.