Dubai: Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who played a key role in India’s historic win in Australia, was on Monday selected for the International Cricket Council (ICC) First Male Player of the Month award. The ICC has for the first time commenced the award of the best player of the month.
The 23-year-old Pant hit a 97-run knock in Sydney against Australia, helping India draw the match, while his unbeaten 89-run knock in Brisbane helped India win the historic series. Expressing happiness over receiving the award, Pant said in a release from the ICC, “It is the greatest prize for any player to contribute to the team’s victory, but such an initiative will inspire the youth to improve themselves.” is.’
He said, ‘I dedicate this award to every member of Team India who contributed to our victory in Australia. I would also like to thank all the fans who voted for me. Pant played an aggressive innings of 91 runs against England on the third day of the first Test being played in Chennai.
On Pant winning the award, ICC Voting Academy member and former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja said, “Pant played both these innings under pressure and facing different challenges.” He showed variety of his skills in drawing and winning matches. During this time, he showed an amazing mindset.
Among the women cricketers, South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail named this monthly award, who had performed brilliantly in three ODIs and two T20 matches during this period.