After his recent exploits against Australia, Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been nominated as one of the three candidates for ICC’s Player of the Month. Pant played a crucial role last month in India’s memorable Test series win against Australia. He scored a 97 in Sydney to help India draw the Test match and a match-winning 89* to help India win the final Test match at The Gabba. He also ended the series as the top-scorer for India scoring 274 runs in the four-match series.
Rishabh Pant Included in ICC’s List of Player of The Month
Who’s your ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January?
Joe Root ???????????????????????????? 426 Test runs at 106.50.
Rishabh Pant ???????? 245 Test runs at 81.66.
Paul Stirling ☘️ 420 ODI runs at 105.00.
— ICC (@ICC) February 2, 2021
Meanwhile, England Test skipper Joe Root and Irish batsman Paul Stirling are the other two candidates nominated in the category. In January, Root played two Tests against Sri Lanka, where he scored 228 and 186 and led his team to a 2-0 Test series victory. Stirling played two ODIs against the UAE and three ODIs vs Afghanistan, where he scored three centuries. The Irish opener has already scored 420 runs in just five ODIs with three centuries. He has averaged 105 in the meantime and had a strike rate of 93.8.
Among women cricketers, Pakistan Diana Baig and the South African duo of Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp were nominated for the monthly honours. Baig picked up nine wickets in the ODI series, meanwhile, Ismail picked up seven wickets in the same series.
Explaining the voting process, ICC said its Voting Academy, comprising prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, and broadcasters and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame, will primarily decide the winner.
“The Voting Academy will submit their votes by email and will retain a 90% share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC will be able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced and will have a 10 percent share of the vote. Winners will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels” concluded the apex board.