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Prolific Gill named ICC Men’s Player of the Month


INDIA batter Shubman Gill was on Monday (13) named ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January, while England U-19 skipper Grace Scrivens became the youngest player to be named for the women’s honour.

Gill enjoyed a record-breaking month in white-ball cricket in January. The free-scoring batter was a prolific source of runs throughout the month, most notably in the ODI format, scoring big against both Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

With 567 runs during January, which included three century-plus scores, the 23-year-old Gill wowed fans with his attacking strokeplay.

His stand-out performanc­e came in the form of a double-hundred in the nail-biting victory over New Zealand

in the series opener in Hyderabad. The unbeaten 208 came off just 149 balls with 28 boundaries – a startling feat not just because it made him the youngest double-centurion in the ODI format, but also because all those around him seemed to falter on a difficult pitch for batters.

There were two further centuries – 116 in a dominant victory over Sri Lanka, and 112 in the final ODI against New Zealand.

Gill overcame a competitiv­e field to claim his first ICC Men’s Playerof-the-Month award, beating New Zealand opener Devon Conway and compatriot Mohammed Siraj in the global vote. In doing so, he becomes the first Indian winner since Virat Kohli in October 2022.

“January was a special month for me and winning this award makes it all the more memorable,” Gill said in an ICC release.

“It is always heartening to be recognised for your performanc­es, and I will take great confidence from these innings, especially as we head into an extremely important period prior to an ICC men’s Cricket World Cup on home soil.”

Scrivens bagged the award after her all-round brilliance in the inaugural ICC U-19 women’s T20 World Cup.

The England captain excelled in her leadership role, guiding her side to the final, only to lose to eventual title winners India.

Taking charge of her side in seven outings, the 19-year-old scored 293 runs at an average of 41.85, including three successive half-centuries in victories over Rwanda, Ireland and the West Indies.

In addition, Scrivens took nine wickets in the tournament at an average of 7.11, including the final one as England sealed their passage to the final in the thrilling semi-final victory over Australia by three runs.

She emerged victorious ahead of fellow nominees Phoebe Litchfield and Beth Mooney of Australia, who both performed brilliantl­y in the shorter formats during January.

The awards were decided in a global vote conducted among media representa­tives, ICC Hall of Famers, former internatio­nal players, and fans registered on the ICC website.

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