September has been an excellent month for cricket fans where they were treated to some masterful performances from some of the biggest and best players in the world. Recognizing that, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has nominated three players for the Player of the Month award.
The first player in the race for the Player of the Month award is South African Captain Laura Wolvaardt. The batter has been in incredible form during the series against Pakistan and New Zealand. Over the past month, she has scored a total of 204 runs in ODIs at an average of 51 and 157 runs in T20Is at an average of 52.33. The highlights of her month include a magnificent 50 and 124 against New Zealand on home soil and an ODI series victory against Pakistan away.
ICC Women’s Player of the Month Nominees for September 2023👇
🇱🇰 Chamari Athapaththu
🇿🇦 Nadine De Klerk
🇿🇦 Laura Wolvaardt
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Next on the list is emerging South African all-rounder Nadine De Klerk. She has been in remarkable form and has contributed to her team with both the bat and ball. Against Pakistan, she scored 60 runs and took 1 wicket for 33 runs in the final ODI. In the home series against New Zealand, she scored an unbeaten 58 and took 2 wickets for 34 runs. She continued her incredible bowling performance in the next game by taking 3 wickets for 44 runs. She has been in remarkable form and has helped South Africa secure many games.
The last player to be nominated is Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu. The captain led her side from the front and powered Sri Lanka to a historic series win over England. Against a strong English bowling attack, she had scores of 44 and 55 and bowling figures of 3/21. She was also remarkable in the Asian Games, leading her side to the final with some strong performances.
With strong performances in the mix, choosing the winner for the Player of the Month award will be a difficult affair. The voting has begun with the results scheduled to be announced on the 16th of October.
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