Virat Kohli, India’s batting star, has been selected as one of three players shortlisted for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for October 2022.
When Kohli reached 16 against Bangladesh in Adelaide on Wednesday, he surpassed Mahela Jayawardene’s record for the most runs in Men’s T20 World Cup history.
Three players — one from India, one from South Africa, and one from Zimbabwe — have been included in the ICC Men’s Player of the Month shortlist for October 2022.
1. David Miller(South Africa):
David Miller has had an incredible run of form this year, and in October, he took it to another level. Miller began the month with a disappointing 47-ball 106* against India in a T20I in Guwahati, and he finished it with a match-winning 59* against Rohit Sharma’s team once more in Perth, this time on a significant platform like the T20 World Cup.
In the ODI match against India in Lucknow that was sandwiched between these two performances, another remarkable inning of 75* was played. Last month, Miller played a total of seven innings in ODIs and T20Is, and he went undefeated in six of them.
The left-hander scored his runs at an equally impressive strike rate of 146.37 and tallied 303 runs overall throughout this time at a fantastic average of 303. After several trying years, Miller appears to have rehabilitated himself and is now emerging as South Africa’s most reliable batter.
2. Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe):
In October, the seasoned all-arounder put on some outstanding all-around performances for Zimbabwe. In the T20 Globe Cup, Raza continued his strong run of form and demonstrated his talent to the world.
Raza got the month started off with a spectacular performance in their T20 World Cup opener against Ireland. Raza helped Zimbabwe get off to a winning start by scoring 82 runs off just 47 balls and then recording bowling stats of 1/22 in the match.
He continued to put up a fantastic all-around performance against Scotland, scoring 40 runs off of just 23 deliveries and finishing with a 1/20 bowling average.
3. Virat Kohli (India):
Last month, Virat Kohli only played four innings but produced three unforgettable hits, including a spectacular 82* against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.
It was the best T20I knock Virat Kohli has ever played, as he acknowledged in the interview. When India was reduced to 31/4 while chasing 160, they appeared to be out of the game. However, Kohli stepped up and played a match-winning hand of 82* from only 53 deliveries to lead them to victory.
the 33-year-old batted brilliantly against South Africa in Guwahati earlier this month, scoring 49* off 28 deliveries. He also followed up his magnificent T20 World Cup knock against Pakistan with another disciplined 62* from 44 deliveries against the Netherlands. Virat Kohli’s lone hiccup occurred against South Africa in Perth, when he was dismissed for 12 runs.
Over the course of the month of October, Virat Kohli collected 205 T20I runs at a staggering average of 205 and a fantastic strike rate of 150.73.