India women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for September 2022 and she called the achievement a special recognition. She beat tough competition from Bangladesh’s Nigar Sultana and India’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana to win the award.
Smriti Mandhana was the Player of the Match in India’s only win in the T20I series with a blistering 79* off 53 balls. She was the highest run-scorer for India in the series with 111 runs at an average of 55.50 while striking at 137.03. She also made 181 runs with two scores of 50+ in the ODI series.
Meanwhile, Nigar Sultana, the Bangladesh captain, had helped her team finish as Champions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022. She hit 67 as Bangladesh beat Ireland in the first match. She top-scored her team in the modest chase of 78 against Scotland and followed it up with an unbeaten 56 off 40 against the USA.
To Win It Is An Amazing Feeling: Harmanpreet Kaur On Winning The ICC Women’s Player Of The Month For September 2022
Meanwhile, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front as he helped India whitewash England 3-0 in the ODI series in their own home. She finished as the highest run-getter with 221 runs at an average of 221 and a strike rate of 103.27. She scored 74* and 143* in the ODIs. This was India’s first series win in England since 1999.
After her win, Harmanpreet stated on ICC website, “It was great to be nominated for the award, and to win it is an amazing feeling. To come out as winner when being nominated alongside Smriti and Nigar is very humbling.
“I have always taken immense pride in representing my country and achieving the historic ODI series win in England will remain a landmark moment for me in my career.
The game of cricket is blessed to have some of the finest athletes on the sporting circuit and to be chosen the ICC Women’s Player of the Month amongst them is a special recognition for me as an individual and the captain of the Indian cricket team.”
On the other hand, Mohammad Rizwan won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for September 2022.