Following their outstanding performances in the present series against England, India’s teen batting star Shafali Verma and all-rounder Sneh Rana were nominated for the ICC women’s “Player of the Month” award on Wednesday. In addition to the Indian duo, England’s left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone has been nominated for the women’s award. New Zealand batsman Devon Conway and bowler Kyle Jamieson, as well as South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, are among the men’s nominees.
Shafali, who had already wowed everyone in the game’s shortest format, made a sensational Test debut against England and was voted Player of the Match in the Bristol match. Scoring 96 runs and 63 runs respectively, the flamboyant youngster became the first Indian woman and the fourth from any country to score half-centuries in both innings of a debut Test.
Rana, an all-rounder, had a remarkable Test debut at Bristol, scoring an unbeaten 80 off 154 deliveries to help India avoid defeat after being forced to follow on. She had four for 131 earlier in the match, taking wickets of well-set opener Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones, and others. In an ODI against the same team, she took one for 43.
Ecclestone, England’s left-arm spinner, was the most successful bowler in the one-off Test against India, taking eight wickets for 206 runs at an average of 25.75. In the Test match, the 22-year-old took four wickets in each innings. She also took three wickets in each of the two ODIs that followed later in the month, with an average of 12.16 and a 3.65 economy rate.
Conway, the male contender scored a double century on his Test debut at Lord’s in June. Then he added half-centuries in his following two Tests, including the ICC World Test Championship Final, to aggregate 379 runs at a strike rate of 63.16.
De Kock was named Player of the Series against the West Indies after scoring an unbeaten 141 runs in the first Test and 96 runs in the second, for a total of 237 runs at an average of 118.50.
Jamieson was named Player of the Match in the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton, where he took seven wickets for 61 runs. He dismissed Virat Kohli in both innings. He also took important wickets of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rishabh Pant. During the month, he appeared in two Tests and took 10 wickets at an average of 17.40.