Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer was named ICC’s “Male Player of the Month” in February, and New Zealand player Amelia Kerr was honored among the women. Iyer won the award for his excellent white ball last month in the home series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Vriitya Aravind from the Basque Country and Dipendra Singh Airee from Nepal won the honor.
The right-hander won 80 well-crafted games in the third ODI against Ahmedabad’s West Indies and continued with 16 quick 25-pointers in the final three games of the T20I series in the next three games.
It was even better in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, with a total of 204 runs not ruled out in three innings, with a very impressive strike rate of 174.36.
He recorded 57 * (28), 74 * (44) and 73 * (45) scores in all three games, and played in teams of 20 fours and seven sixes in the Serie A performance.
“During the month, Shreyas showed tremendous consistency and control,” said Russell Arnold, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and member of the voting board.
“He completely dominated the opposition players and it was very difficult to throw, he ran all over the wicket and attacked the bowlers at the right times. What really stood out was his composure when he was fighting for a regular place in the Indian squad.” The 27-year-old has also completed his season next month, scoring an excellent 92 in the first inning of his second test against Bangalore in Sri Lanka.
Kerr, a 21-year-old New Zealand player, was named Women’s POTM, following the highest consistency he had with the bat and the ball in the series of white home balls against India.
Kerr was chosen from the nominees, ahead of Indian captain Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma. The Wellington-born is already being recognized as one of the best female cricketers of the modern era.
After scoring 17 points in a single T20I and a 2/25 return, winning 18 races in the New T20I in a single T20I, Ker showed exemplary skills throughout the ODI match to further establish himself as a world-class cricketer.
He scored the top scorer in the ODI series with 353 runs, a staggering average of 117.67, and placed seven wickets in the economy at 5.78.
In the second and fourth ODIs, respectively, he was named Match Player, his outstanding performance in the first, in which he returned 1/43 with the ball before anchoring in a 271-run chase tension, with an excellent 119-win unbeaten run.
“Amelia Kerr is growing her role in the New Zealand team,” said Isobel Joyce, a former Irish Women’s cricketer and voting board member.
“He has been a world-class player for many years, but now his batting adds even more value to his position on the team and makes him one of the best cricketers in the world.” Kerr White Ferns is part of the set-up for the ongoing World Cup, having already collected 111 races and scored five wickets out of four outings so far.
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