Indian batsman Jemimah Rodrigues was nominated for the ICC ‘Player of the Month’ award on Monday for her impressive performance at the Commonwealth Games in August.
Nominations in the women’s category also include Australian gold medal winning duo of Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath. Rodrigues was one of the pillars of the Indian team that made it to the final of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. She finished the tournament fifth on the scorers list with 146 points in five matches.
Rodrigues was India’s best player with an unbeaten 56 from 46 balls in the crucial clash against Barbados to help her side secure a place in the semi-finals. Mooney, on the other hand, was the top scorer at Birmingham CWG.
She started the month with a brilliant unbeaten 49-70 against Pakistan in Australia’s final Group A game, followed by a patient 29-36 in the semi-final clash against New Zealand. , beating his team out of trouble after the first wickets. .
McGrath impressed with his overall brilliance. She was one of the key factors in Australian history and won the gold medal in the first-ever women’s tournament in the event’s history.
She finished the tournament as the second wicket taker with eight wickets in five matches. England Test skipper Ben Stokes, Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza and New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner are the nominees in the men’s category. In the second Test against Proteas in Manchester, Stokes broke the back of the South African middle order with the wickets of Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen as the visitors were knocked down for 151.
He followed it with a brilliant century that came when England were in trouble after losing the first wickets on day two. Raza had a great month of August. Head-to-head against Asian giants India and Bangladesh, Raza racked up three centuries in the month.
Santner also had a brilliant month with both bat and ball in hand and was crucial in the Black Caps’ six of eight wins during the month.