Three exceptional players have been shortlisted as nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for their outstanding performances throughout May. These nominees include two talented cricketers from Sri Lanka, Chamari Athapaththu and Harshitha Madavi, along with the bowling sensation from Thailand, Thipatcha Putthawong.
Chamari Athapaththu, the captain of the Sri Lankan women’s team, once again demonstrated her remarkable batting skills in May. Despite the challenges of captaincy, Athapaththu delivered consistent performances in the T20I series against Bangladesh, including a crucial half-century in an ICC Women’s Championship match. In a rain-affected ODI, she showcased her class by scoring 64 runs off 60 balls, leading Sri Lanka to a comprehensive victory.
Harshitha Madavi, a promising left-handed batter, continued to impress for Sri Lanka during May. She played a pivotal role in the team’s triumph in the T20I series against Bangladesh, contributing with crucial runs in multiple matches. Madavi displayed her composure and skill by scoring an unbeaten 45 runs in the third ODI, securing vital ICC Women’s Championship points for her side.
Thipatcha Putthawong, the rising star from Thailand, showcased her talent and potential during the South East Asian Games in Cambodia. With her left-arm orthodox bowling, Putthawong caused significant trouble for opposition batters and emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Her exceptional figures of 11 wickets at an astonishing average of 1.54, while maintaining an economy rate of just 1.09, highlight her immense impact on the games. Notably, she recorded remarkable economy rates of under one in three matches.
The performances of these three nominees have garnered attention and recognition for their exceptional contributions to their respective teams. The winner of the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for May will be determined through a voting process involving fans, players, and the media.
The ICC Women’s Player of the Month award aims to celebrate outstanding performances in women’s cricket and provide recognition to players who excel on the international stage. The winner will join the prestigious list of players who have been acknowledged for their remarkable achievements in the sport.