Bhubaneswar and Rajeshwari Gaikwad nominated for ICC Player of the Month

Bhubaneswar and Rajeshwari Gaikwad nominated for ICC Player of the Month

Dubai: India's experienced fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named among the cricketers nominated for the ICC (International Cricket Council) 'Best Player of the Month Award' after a brilliant performance in limited-overs matches against England. The ICC on Thursday nominated both male and female cricketers for their best performances in all formats of international cricket. Apart from Bhubaneswar, other players in the men's category include Afghanistan's top leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Zimbabwean Sean Williams. 

The women's section includes Rajeshwari Gaekwad of India, Lizle Lee of South Africa and Poonam Raut of India. Last month, Bhuvneshwar played three ODIs against England in which he took six wickets at an economy rate of 4.65. He also played five T20 Internationals against England in which he picked up four wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.38. He was the best bowler in both teams in the white ball series played between India and England.

Rashid picked up 11 wickets during his team's win in the second Test against Zimbabwe and then also picked up six wickets in a 3–0 win in T20 Internationals. Williams, from Zimbabwe, played two Tests against Afghanistan in which he scored a total of 264 runs and took two wickets. He also played three T20 internationals after which he scored 45 runs at a strike rate of 128.57. In women's cricket, Rajeshwari played five ODIs against South Africa and was the team's highest wicket-taker in both white ball series.

He took eight wickets in ODIs and four wickets in T20s. Poonam Raut scored a total of 263 runs in five ODIs against South Africa. She was India's top run scorer in the series, scoring one century and two half-centuries in these matches. Lizle Lee scored one century and two half-centuries in the four ODIs in the South Africa squad, which led her to the top of the ICC batting rankings. Three of the three players in each category have been nominated this month (from the first to the last day of each calendar month) based on their on-field performance and their achievements.

Sanju Samson hit a brilliant century against Punjab, made these big records

Sanju Samson hit a brilliant century against Punjab, made these big records

Sports Desk: Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson smashed 119 against Punjab Kings. During this innings, Sanju Samson hit 7 sixes and 9 fours. Samson single-handedly took the match to the last but could not win his team the match and the Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 4 runs. In this match Samson captained for the first time and scored a century in the first match. Samson has 3 centuries in the IPL and has become the youngest player to do so. In this match, Samson also made many records during his century. View record -

Indian captain who scored a century in IPL

Sachin Tendulkar
Virender Sehwag
Virat Kohli
KL Rahul
Sanju Samson

Highest century in IPL

6 - Chris Gayle
5 - Virat Kohli
4 - David Warner
4 - Shane Watson
3 - AB de Villiers
3 - Sanju Samson *

Biggest innings chasing goals in IPL

120: Valthaty (2011)
119: Samson (2021) *
119: Sehwag (2011)
117: Watson (2018)

Individual score for Rajasthan Royals 

119 - Sanju Samson
107 * - Ben Stokes
105 * - Ajinkya Rahane
104 * - Shane Watson

Highest score in first innings as captain in IPL

119 Sanju Samson vs Punjab Kings 2021
93 * Shreyas Iyer vs Kolkata Knight Riders 2018
83 Kieron Pollard vs Kings XI Punjab 2019