Dubai: Wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who played a key role in India’s historic victory in Australia, was shortlisted for the International Cricket Council (ICC) first male player of the month award on Monday . The ICC began the award for best player of the month for the first time.
The 23-year-old Pant hit a 97-point blow against Australia in Australia which helped India to shape the game, while their unbeaten 89-point Brisbane helped India win the historical series. Expressing his joy at receiving the award, Pant said in a statement from the ICC: “This is the greatest award for any player to contribute to the team’s victory, but such an initiative will inspire young people to improve themselves. “
He said: “I dedicate this award to every member of Team India who contributed to our victory in Australia. I would also like to thank all the fans who voted for me. Pant played an aggressive 91-point set against England on day three of the first Test played in Chennai.
After Pant won the award, ICC Voting Academy member and former Pakistani captain Rameez Raja said, “Pant has played both sets under pressure and facing different challenges.” He has shown a variety of his drawing skills and winning matches. During this time he showed an incredible state of mind.
Among female cricketers, Shabnim Ismail of South Africa named this monthly award, who had performed brilliantly in three ODIs and two T20 matches during this period.