ICC Player of the Month: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Punam Raut earn nominations

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Indian representative among the cricketers nominated for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March. The seasoned pacer made a comeback, after an injury had sidelined him for several months, in the white-ball leg of the home series against England last month.

The ICC, on Thursday (April 8), announced the nominees from Men’s and Women’s cricket that were handpicked based on their performances in the month of March. In the Men’s category, Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Zimbabwe's Sean Williams were also nominated for their performance in Abu Dhabi.

ICC Women’s Player of the Month nominees are India’s Rajeshwari Gayakwad, South Africa's Lizelle Lee and India's Punam Raut.

Bhuvneshwar played three ODIs against England where he took 6 wickets with an economy rate of 4.65. He also went on to play five T20Is against them where he took 4 wickets with a fantastic economy rate of 6.38.

He was the standout bowler on either side in the white ball series between India and England. Rashid took 11 wickets as his team won the second Test against Zimbabwe and followed up with six wickets in a 3-0 T20I victory for his side.

From Zimbabwe, Williams played two Tests against Afghanistan where he scored a total of 264 runs and took 2 wickets. He also went on to play three T20Is against them wherein he scored 45 runs with a strike rate of 128.57.

In women's cricket, Rajeshwari played five ODIs against South Africa and has been their leading wicket-taker in both the white ball series.

She took 8 wickets with an economy rate of 3.56 in the ODIs and in the three T20Is against the same opponent she took 4 wickets with an economy rate of 4.75.

Raut played five ODIs against South Africa where she scored a total of 263 runs at 87.66 with a strike rate of 71.66.

Raut has been India's top run-scorer in the ODI series against South Africa, scoring a century and two half-centuries in these games.

From the South African camp, Lizelle played four ODIs against India where she scored a century and two half-centuries to move to the top of the ICC batting rankings.

The three nominees for each of the categories are shortlisted based on the on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month in the calendar.

(Inputs from PTI)