India’s Jemimah Rodrigues missed the match when Australia’s Tahlia McGrath and Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza were voted ICC Player of the Month for August on Monday after their outstanding international performances in their respective categories. Rodrigues was nominated for the award in the women’s category, which also featured Australian duo Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath, the Australian Commonwealth Games winning duo. However, McGrath became the last Australian star to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award after helping her country claim Commonwealth gold in Birmingham.
Following in the footsteps of Alyssa Healy, who claimed the award in April, McGrath amassed 114 runs at an average of 57 over the month, along with five wickets at 1:40pm.
As well as a string of strong showings, her star performance no doubt came in the win over Pakistan, where McGrath scored an unbeaten 78, before her three wickets and a run out helped maintain her undefeated path to victory.
“I am honored to be named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August as there are so many great players who are at the top of their game right now,” said McGrath.
“I am delighted to be back on the Australian team and be a part of some very special moments, including making history as the first women’s team to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.” In addition to team success at the Commonwealth Games, the outstanding month also saw her reach a career high ranking of 12 all-rounders in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings. Raza, on the other hand, became the first Zimbabwe international to win the award among men.
En route, 36-year-old all-rounder Mitchell Santner of New Zealand overcame and Ben Stokes of England, who also shone during an action-packed month in men’s cricket.
“I am incredibly honored and honored to have won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award. It is even more humbling to be the first Zimbabwean ever to win the award,” he said in an ICC release.
“I want to thank everyone who has been in the dressing room with me over the past three to four months, namely the coaching staff and the players. Without them this would not have been possible.
“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans in Zimbabwe and abroad for all your prayers and wishes. They are well received and I am forever grateful to them.” Raza produced an unforgettable series of scores against Bangladesh and India in Harare in two ODI series.
The all-rounder had two stunning undefeated centuries (135 out and 117 out) in the historic 2-1 series win over Bangladesh, dramatically securing victory for his side on both occasions as he chased big goals.
He scored another memorable century against India later in the month, albeit in defeat, continuing the sensational form he showed in 2022.
In addition to his exploits at the crease, Raza also emphasized his bowling threat in the shorter format, taking seven wickets during the month.
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