The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the nominees for the men’s cricketer of March. The ICC has named three players for the same, including Sean Williams, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Rashid Khan, for delivering outstanding performances for their respective teams. The apex body of cricket took to his official Twitter handle and announced the same.
Zimbabwe Test captain Sean Williams was the first nominee for scoring two centuries in two Tests against Afghanistan last month in the UAE. Sean Williams managed 105 runs in the first Test off 174 deliveries, laced with ten boundaries. Williams’ century proved to be highly invaluable as Zimbabwe emerged victorious in the two-day Test.
The 34-year old made 151 in the second innings of the next Test as the African nation did well after Afghanistan made them to follow on. Though Zimbabwe lost the match, he earned accolades for his valiant knock, giving his side something to fight for. The second cricketer on the list was Rashid Khan, who took 11 wickets in the second Test against Zimbabwe.
The leggie could not make an impact in the first Test; however, he made the difference in the second by claiming four scalps in the first innings, followed by seven in the next. It helped Afghanistan to clinch a victory by six wickets and level the two-match series. Indian veteran seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the third and final cricketer featuring on the list.
The 31-year old played international cricket for the first time since December 2019 and bowled outstandingly with the new ball against England at home. Kumar picked up six scalps in three ODIs at 22.50, keeping an impressive economy rate of 4.66. He also snared four wickets in five T20Is, including earning the man of the match award in the fifth match as he bagged figures of 4-0-15-2.
Below is the video posted by ICC’s official Twitter handle:
Who's your ICC Men's Player of the Month for March?
Sean Williams 🇿🇼 264 Test runs at 132, 2 centuries
Rashid Khan 🇦🇫 11 Test wickets at 25; 6 T20I wickets at 12.6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 🇮🇳 6 ODI wickets at 22.5; 4 T20I wickets at 28.7
— ICC (@ICC) April 8, 2021