Indian wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was named the winner of the ICC’s inaugural Player of the Month Award on Monday for his exploits in the recently concluded Test series against Australia. Pant, who finished as India’s leading points scorer in that Test series, played a pair of match-defining tricks in the last two Tests. Announcing the inaugural winners, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in its press release: “India’s Rishabh Pant won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January 2021 for his performance in the two tests against Australia, where he scored a 97 in Sydney. And an 89 unbeaten in Brisbane that led India to a historic series victory against arch-rival Australia. “
Pant responded to the honor saying it was great to contribute to the success of the team and thanked the ICC for such “initiatives that motivate young people” to do better every time they go out. He dedicated the award to all team members who played a key role in achieving a historic series victory Down Under.
“I’m delighted to receive the inaugural ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award. For any athlete, contributing to a team victory is the ultimate reward, but such initiatives motivate young people like me to do better every time,” said Pant. says in ICC’s press release.
“I dedicate this award to every member of Team India who contributed to our victory in Australia and also thank all my fans who voted for me,” added Pant.
Pant played under pressure in both innings, showed great character and took the offensive of Australia’s strong bowling attack consisting of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon. His 97-run knock in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) brought India back into the game and at one point gave them a realistic chance to write a memorable win, but in the end the team helped beat the test match. to save everyone. opportunities.
In the series-deciding Test on the Gabba, Pant learned of his mistake in the previous Test and remained unbeaten at 89, leading the team to the finish line and achieving one of the greatest overseas Test series of all time.
Among female cricketers, the award was won by South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail for her brilliant performance in the limited overs series against Pakistan. Shabnim played a key role in South Africa’s victories, picking seven wickets in the ODI series. She also took a five wicket swipe in the second T20I against Pakistan.
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