Dubai: Rishabh Pant has won a big award from ICC for giving India a historic win by performing in Brisbane Test against Australia. The ICC announced the winners on Tuesday for the ‘Player of the Month’ award. Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant and England captain Joe Root have been selected for this award.
Rishabh Pant has been nominated for this award due to his innings of 97 runs in Sydney against Australia and an unbeaten 89 in Brisbane while Root scored 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka. The third candidate is Paul Sturling of Ireland, who has played three ODIs against Afghanistan and two against the UAE.
Among the women are Dianna Bag of Pakistan and Shabnim Ismail of South Africa. Bag has taken nine wickets in three ODIs and two T20 matches against South Africa, while Ismail has taken seven wickets from his team’s side. The third name is of South African all-rounder Marijane Cap, who scored 115 runs with a strike rate of 110.57 and also took three wickets against Pakistan.
The ICC began last month inaugurating the ICC Player of the Month Award to give a new identity to the performances of female and male cricketers who have performed brilliantly in every format throughout the year. The award nominating committee of the ICC will decide three nominations for each category. The winner will be announced on the second Monday of the month.