Virat Kohli, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma nominated for ICC ‘Player of the Month’ | Cricket News


DUBAI: Batting maestro Virat Kohli, along with the Asia Cup winning duo of Jemimah Rodrigues and Deep Sharmawas nominated for the ICC’s ‘Player of the Month’ award in the men’s and women’s categories respectively on Thursday.
The nominations are for the month of October.
While Kohli was nominated for the first time, after his heroics with the bat in the T20 World Cup wins against arch-rivals Pakistan and Netherlands, Rodrigues and Sharma have been shortlisted after playing crucial roles in the Indian women’s team’s Asia Cup victory.
Rodrigues ended the tournament as the leading run-scorer, while teammate Sharma was named Player of the Tournament and joint leading wicket-taker.
Kohli registered 205 runs in October, showing glimpses of his very best form. He looked comfortable scoring an unbeaten 62 against a stubborn Netherlands.
However, the highlight was the era-defining innings played in front of a packed house in Melbourne as his team achieved a historic victory against Pakistan.
The performance saw Kohli lift his side from 31 for four to chase down 160 off the last ball, thanks to a magnificent 82 not out from 53 balls.
South Africa’s David Miller and Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe was also nominated along with Kohli.
In women’s cricket, Rodrigues, who was previously nominated in August after her outstanding performances in the Commonwealth Games, has once again been the driving force behind India’s recent success.
As her team cruised to victory over Sri Lanka in the final, Rodrigues was the leading run-scorer for the tournament, with 217 runs from eight matches at an average of 54.25.
Among her top performances was the 76 she scored against the eventual finalists in the opening match, which set the tone for India’s prize-winning campaign.
Sharma also enjoyed a productive month during the Asia Cup. Her 13 wickets at a remarkable average of 7.69 underlined the constant threat she posed with the ball, including impressive figures against Pakistan and Thailand.
Nida Dar is the final candidate in the race to claim the award for October as her handy contributions with bat and ball propelled Pakistan to the semi-finals of the Asia Cup.


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