Keeping up with the tradition, ICC released Player of the Month nominations for the month of August 2022.
Emma Lamb overtook nominees Nat Sciver and Renuka Thakur to claim the International Cricket Council (ICC) fan-vote-based player of the month (POTM) award in July. The August nominations see a couple of Australians; Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath alongside Jemimah Rodrigues (India) who have taken the 3 spots for the nomination.
The senior pro in the Australian dressing room is the side’s most reliable batter in any format of the game. Her nomination comes to post a string of outstanding performances which include her knock of 62 that helped Australia secure Gold at the Commonwealth Games. Beth Mooney registered 167 runs in 3 T20I outings during August which brings her among contenders for the player of the month award.
Growing in international cricket at a rapid pace, the pace all-rounder has forced herself into the list of contenders for the award. Tahlia McGrath having contributed with both bat and ball was a key member of Australia’s success at the Games. She throughout August picked up five wickets at an average of 13.40 and with the bat got to 114 runs. McGrath’s powers were on show against Pakistan where she played an unbeaten knock of 78 and bagged 3 wickets and also impacted with a run-out. The peaking all-rounder’s performances created a direct impact on the ICC rankings which got her peak to number 12 in the ICC Women’s T20I list.
She had a point to prove and did just that during August at the Commonwealth Games when it mattered the most for India. In a must-win against Barbados, Jemimah played a mature knock of 56*(46) and ensured India win and qualification to the finals. She then played a crucial knock against England of 44*(31) which pushed India’s chances of a win. In the final, India lost to Australia by a teasing 9-run margin where Jemimah with 33(33) had contributed to guiding and building India’s innings.