Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Jaiswal among ICC Men’s Player of Month nominees for February

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DUBAI: Prolific India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Test series against England, has been nominated for ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award for February alongside New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka.

“The Internatio­nal Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the shortlists of nominees for the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month awards for February 2024,” the ICC said in a release on Monday.

“Several high stakes battles took place last month in the ICC World Test Championsh­ip (WTC), and among the contenders for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month prize are two premier run-scorers in the longest format, plus a record-breaking ODI batter from Sri Lanka.”

Jaiswal has been nominated for the first time in the ICC Player of the Month awards following a sensationa­l month in Tests against England. So far, the left-hander has scored 655 runs from four Tests with a match to go.

The 22-year-old scored back-to-back double hundreds in Visakhapat­nam and Rajkot to help India overturn a 0-1 deficit against England and win three Tests on the bounce.

In Rajkot, Jaiswal equalled the record for most sixes in a Test innings slamming 12 maximums.

With more runs coming in the fourth Test, he ended February having amassed 560 runs at an average of 112.

The back-to-back double hundreds at the age of 22 years and 49 days made him the third youngest batter in the world to record two double centuries in Tests after Sir Donald Bradman and Vinod Kambli.

Jaiswal’s prolific run ensured that India climb to the top of the ICC World Test Championsh­ip table.

Williamson, on the other hand, has also been piling runs as New Zealand recorded their first-ever Test series victory over South Africa.

 ?? PTI ?? Yashasvi Jaiswal in action during a Test match
PTI Yashasvi Jaiswal in action during a Test match

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