Rizwan Among Nominees for ICC T20I Player of the Month
The contenders for the title of Men’s Player of the Month for September 2022 have been revealed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Mohammad Rizwan, a wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan, Cameron Green, a batting all-rounder for Australia, and Axar Patel, a bowling all-rounder for India, all made the cut for the most recent award.
The No. 1 T20I batsman in the ICC Men’s Player Rankings kept up his dominance in the shortest format of the game and earned a spot on the shortlist for September’s Player of the Month.
Rizwan scored seven fifty-point plays in the ten games he played in the previous month. He started the month off with two 70+ scores in the Asia Cup matches against India and Hong Kong. He concluded the competition with yet another fifty and was the player who scored the most runs, but Pakistan failed to cross the finish line.
He recorded four scores of 60+ in the first five T20Is of the seven-match series against England, assisting his team in taking a 3-2 lead. He nonetheless finished the series as the series’ leading run-scorer despite playing in one fewer game. Has 316 runs running at 138.60 and an average of 63.20.
Following Cameron Green’s stellar month of September, fans and industry insiders have been clamouring for him to be selected for Australia’s T20 World Cup team.
When he produced a match-winning 89* while suffering from cramps in the first ODI against New Zealand, Australia was staring defeat in the face at 44/5 and needed two wickets to win. He scored a fast 25* from 12 balls in the following match, helping Australia to a rout of their Trans-Tasman foes. He also claimed two wickets.
Cameron Green was given the opportunity to bat first for Australia in the T20I series against India despite the unavailability of numerous first-team players. He scored a scorching 61 off 30 when chasing 209, including eight fours and four sixes, which gave Australia the chance to finish the chase and seize the lead.
In the decisive game, Green was even more destructive, shredding Indian bowlers to pieces en way to his 21-ball 52 and setting a record for the second-fastest fifty by an Australian in T20Is.
Although batsmen dominated the series between Australia and India, one spinner, Axar Patel, stood out for his ability to both take wickets and restrict runs.
Patel was by far India’s best bowler in the match in which Australia was able to chase down 209, recording statistics of 3/17 in four overs. He conceded just 13 runs in two overs in the second game’s eight-over rain-shortened encounter while taking the crucial wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Tim David.
Taking the wickets of Josh Inglis and Aaron Finch in the decisive match, he then dismissed the dangerous Matthew Wade. In the three games he played against Australia, going at just 6.30 runs per over, Axar concluded with eight wickets in a series in which the next best wicket-taker only managed to secure three.
In the series against South Africa, Axar maintained his form, conceding only 16 runs in four overs in the opening T20I in Thiruvananthapuram.
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