ICC Award: ICC Announced Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month for December 2023: In the last year, the players have forced the ICC to give awards one by one due to their performance in the matches of all formats in the cricket world. In the first month of 2024, awards have been announced for male and female players for the unique performance by the players in the last year.
Let us tell you in detail about those talented players. The Australian captain enjoyed a blockbuster 2023 by winning the ICC World Test Championship, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and retaining the Ashes. It is almost fitting that Cummins ended the year by winning the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for December 2023.
He defeated Taijul Islam of Bangladesh and Glenn Phillips of New Zealand to receive the monthly award for the first time in his career. As a result, the Australian stronghold on Men’s Player of the Month continues, with Travis Head emerging victorious in November.
In the first two matches of the three-match Test series against Pakistan at home, Cummins led by example with the ball. He started well and contributed to Australia’s victory by taking three wickets in the opening match.
But it was in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where Cummins exposed himself.
Defending 317 runs in the final innings, Pakistan were heading towards victory at 110/2 when Cummins brought himself back to life and dismissed his opposite number Shan Masood for 60.
From there, Australia took command of the game and Cummins shut down any resistance from Pakistan’s batsmen and bowled them out for 237.
Against a fired-up Pakistan, Cummins led Australia’s dominance by taking five wickets in each innings (5/48 and 5/49) to reach 250 Test wickets. His Player of the Match winning performance secured the series for Australia which ultimately resulted in him being crowned No. 1 in Tests.
Women’s Player Award:
Indian veteran female player Deepti Sharma has been declared the best female player for the month of December 2023 for her excellent performance in batting and bowling. The all-rounder competes with her teammate Jemimah Rodrigues and 41-year-old Precious Maranja, who had a stellar performance in Zimbabwe’s Africa Region Qualifier for the ICC Women’s T20 World cup 2024.
Deepti’s best performances came in the two Test matches against England and Australia in December, but she also played a key role in the ODI against Australia.
Deepti performed exceptionally well in India’s Test win over England and showed her skills with both batting and bowling. With the bat, she amassed an astonishing 165 runs at an average of 55 in the two Test matches that were played in the month. She had equally impressive bowling stats, collecting 11 wickets at an average of just 10.81.
In the Test against England, batting at number 7, Deepti scored a crucial 67 runs. Her bowling was an important factor in India’s victory, as she took 5 wickets for 7 runs and 4 wickets for 32 runs, a total of nine wickets in the match.
Her extraordinary five-wicket haul in the first innings was crucial, as it reduced England from 108/3 to 136 all out. Deepti contributed significantly to India’s excellent performance in the test match against Australia.
She displayed her skill with the ball in these conditions, taking the important wicket of Australian captain Alyssa Healy. Deepti played an important role with the bat and scored a crucial 78 runs from the lower order, which was helpful in establishing India’s lead.
Her influence also increased in ODI matches. In the second ODI, Deepti showcased her bowling skills by taking five wickets and effectively restricting Australia to a total of 258/8.
During the three T20 International matches against England this month, Deepti maintained commendable bowling efficiency. She conceded only 5.88 runs per over, which highlights his consistent and controlled bowling style in the shorter format of the game.
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