Pant awarded ‘Player of the Month’
Rishabh Pant of India and Shabnim Ismail of South Africa have won the ICC ‘Player of the Month’ awards in men’s and women’s categories respectively.
ICC nominated six players for the awards. The voting was open for the fans, who carried 10% of the votes. The 90% votes were shared from cricket experts and journalists.
Pant had a great January in Australia, where his 97 earned a hard-fought draw at SCG and an unbeaten 89* clinched terrific Gabba win on the fifth day. India claimed the four-match series 2-1.
The wicket-keeper batsman dedicated the award to his team, “I am delighted to be receiving the inaugural ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award. For any sportsperson, contributing to a team win is the ultimate reward but such initiatives help motivate youngsters such as myself to do better each time. I dedicate this award to every member of Team India that contributed to our victory in Australia and also thank all my fans who voted for me.”
Ismail was a star performer for South Africa women against Pakistan at home. She claimed a T20I five-for after taking seven wickets across three ODIs.
“Winning the ICC Women’s Player of the Month in January just shows that all the hard work I put in during the lockdown has paid off for me. This accolade would not have been possible if it were not for my teammates and I am grateful and thankful for all your support. Also, to all my fans and friends all around the world thank you very much for the vote, it really meant a lot to me. And lastly, a special thanks to also my family who have been there for me and supported me all through the way,” Ismail said.