India’s Harmanpreet Kaur and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan were voted September’s Player of the Month by ICC in their respective categories on Monday.
Harmanpreet Kaur becomes India’s first ICC Women’s ‘Player of the Month’ winner thanks to her leading role in her team’s first ODI series win in England since 1999.
The Indian skipper has been at her best throughout the ODI series, scoring 221 runs across the three games, maintaining a batting average of 103.47 and only getting dismissed once. She showed control and composure in the first game of the series at Hove, and her 74 not out helped her side gallop England’s 228 total and win by seven wickets.
While that was impressive, the highlight of her month was without a doubt the second ODI. She batted first and led from the front with an exciting 143, not from 111 balls.
Harmanpreet said: “It was great to be nominated for the award and to win it is an incredible feeling. I have always been very proud to represent my country and the historic win in the ODI series in England will remain a milestone in my career.”
On the other hand, Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan is in red-hot form, amassing 553 mammoth runs in ten T20Is in September. The top-ranked T20I batter has a monthly average of 69.12, and the Talismanic opener also has seven half centuries.
Rizwan is dedicating its award to the flood-affected people of Pakistan.
He said: “I would like to thank Almighty Allah and express my sincere happiness at everything that has enabled me to receive this award.
“I want to give my big appreciation to all my teammates as they made it easy for me. These achievements boost your self-confidence. I’m happy with my performance and I want to carry that momentum with me in Australia.
“I would like to dedicate this award to the people of Pakistan who are affected by the floods and climate change. Hopefully this will put a smile on their faces.”