India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been awarded the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for September 2022 after a memorable series in the ODI series in England. She has been in spectacular form as the Women in Blue register their first ODI series win in England after more than two decades.
Kaur surpassed her Indian teammate – opener Smriti Mandhana and Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana who was there as well. Harmanpreet Kaur was elated to win the award and stated that she always takes immense pride in representing her country. After her win, she stated:
“It was great to be nominated for the award, and to win it is an amazing feeling. To come out as winner when being nominated alongside Smriti and Nigar is very humbling.
“I have always taken immense pride in representing my country and achieving the historic ODI series win in England will remain a landmark moment for me in my career.”
A dashing captain has won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for September 2022 🌟
— ICC (@ICC) October 10, 2022
“The game of cricket is blessed to have some of the finest athletes on the sporting circuit and to be chosen the ICC Women’s Player of the Month amongst them is a special recognition for me as an individual and the captain of the Indian cricket team,” she further added.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s memorable outings in the last month
Harmanpreet Kaur had a memorable month not just as a batter but also as the skipper of the Indian team, leading India to a 3-0 ODI whitewash over England. This was India’s first series win in England since 1999 as well.
The Punjab cricketer finished as the highest run-getter with 221 runs, which came at an average of 221 and a strike rate of 103.27. She played the role of the finisher to perfection in the first two matches as well.
In the first ODI, her well-paced innings of 74* helped India to a win while chasing 228. She then scored 143* off just 111 balls in the second ODI, her second-highest score in the 50-over format as well. Ahead of the ODI series, she had a poor T20I series though she did help India reach the finish line with a 22-ball 29* in their only win of the series as well.