Indian pace battery Jasprit Bumrah has been nominated for the ICC men’s ‘Player of the Month’ award for August on Monday. It was following his brilliant performances with both the bat and ball in the ongoing Test series against England. Although, besides, Bumrah, the others in the men’s category is also included. England Test skipper Joe Root and Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi are also included in the men’s category by ICC. The nominees among the women were Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham and the Ireland duo of Gaby Lewis and Eimear Richardson.
However, let’s see the nominees for the ICC men’s “Player of the Month” award for August.
Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Bumrah, who has been exceptional with his fast bowling against England, took nine wickets in the first Test. He received just as many plaudits for his role with the bat in the second Test at Lord’s. Although, when he contributed to an 89-run ninth-wicket partnership with Mohammad Shami. It was proved pivotal to India’s win. England went on to level the series in the third Test. However, mostly thanks to captain Root, who has plundered runs at will. He scored centuries in each of the three Tests against India in August. Also a purple patch that led him to the top of the Test batting rankings.
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Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Shaheen Afridi, in two Tests against West Indies in August, promised wickets every time he was thrown the ball. He ended the series with 18 wickets, taking 10 wickets in the second Test and helped Pakistan secure a series-levelling 109-run victory. In taking 10 wickets in the Test, Afridi became the fourth-youngest paceman from Pakistan to achieve the feat, after Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Mohammad Zahid.
Joe Root (England)
Joe Root has pretty much the lone saviour for England with the bat in the ongoing Test series against India. For England though, Joe Root seems to be batting in a zone of his own and is the leading run-getter in the series so far already having scored three tons. With over 500 runs in the series and a match-winning hundred at Leeds which helped his team come back in the series. Moreover, he scored centuries in each of the three Tests against India in August. Root has deservingly been nominated for the honour.
The Test series is continuing in the month of September. However, that won’t have a bearing on these nominations as they are exclusively for performances in August.
In women’s cricket, Boochatham made contributions with both bat and ball in the series against Zimbabwe. Which propelled her to career-best positions across the women’s T20I player rankings for batters, bowlers, and all-rounders. Her performances helped Thailand win their three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe 2-1. While the Irish duo of Lewis and Richardson played a big part in Ireland’s three wins out of four in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in August.