India’s pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar was among the cricketers nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) ‘Player of the Month’ award for March following his standout performances in the ODI and T20 against England.
The ICC on Thursday (April 8) announced the nominees to recognise the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket. Besides Bhuvneshwar, the others in the men’s category included ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams. The nominees among the women’s comprised Rajeshwari Gayakwad of India, South Africa's Lizelle Lee and India’s Punam Raut.
Last month, Bhuvneshwar played three ODIs against England where he took 6 wickets with an economy rate of 4.65. He also went on to play five T20Is against them where he took 4 wickets with a fantastic economy rate of 6.38. The Sunrisers Hyderabad paceman was the standout bowler on either side in the white ball series between India and England.
His competitor Rasid was the star performer among Afghans as well as he picked 11 wickets in the team's second Test win against Zimbabwe while picking up six wickets in the 3-0 T20 series win against the same outfit.
Zimbabwe's Sean Williams too impressed with an all-round show with 264 runs from the bat and two wickets in the two Tests against Afghanistan. He also scored 45 runs with a strike rate of 128.57 in three T20Is.
Among women's cricketers, Rajeshwari was the leading wicket-taker in the T20I and ODI series against South Africa with four wickets and eight wickets respectively. Punam Raut was India's top-scored in the ODI series, which India conceded 1-4, with 263 runs at an average of 87.66; scoring a century and two fifties.
The duo is expected to receive stiff competition from South African Lizelle Lee who scored a century and two fifties as well in four ODIs while reaching the top of the ICC Women's ODI Batting Rankings.
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