Ben Stokes, Sikandar Raza, Mitchell Santner nominated for ICC Men’s Player of the Month award

Dubai, Sep 5 England Check captain Ben Stokes, Zimbabwe’s all-rounder Sikandar Raza and New Zealand’s left-arm spin all-rounder Mitchell Santner on Monday have been nominated for ICC Males’s Player of the Month award for August 2022.

Raza turns into the first Zimbabwe participant to be nominated since Sean Williams again in March 2021, because of a sequence of excellent contributions with the bat in residence sequence in opposition to Bangladesh and India.

Santner demonstrated his multi-format capabilities with bat and ball in August throughout his aspect’s away sequence in opposition to Netherlands and West Indies, whereas Stokes completes the lineup following his heroics in the second Check at Previous Trafford in the ICC World Check Championship (WTC) second Check which noticed the hosts’ sq. three-match sequence in opposition to South Africa at 1-1.

Raza has loved a sensational 2022 to date and continued his magnificent type in August throughout his aspect’s contests in opposition to Bangladesh and India at residence. He was instrumental in claiming the ODI sequence victory for his aspect in opposition to Bangladesh, because of unbeaten scores of 135 and 117 which got here throughout two very good run-chases.

Raza adopted it up with a effective 115 in opposition to India in the ultimate ODI in Harare albeit in a shedding trigger as Zimbabwe fell quick by 13 runs. Along with his batting feats, he took seven key wickets in the month, cementing his rising all-round credentials and seeing him rise to a career-high place of fourth in the ICC Males’s ODI Player Rankings.

Santner, recognized for his bowling prowess in the shorter codecs, finds himself on the award’s shortlist for the first time after stable performances throughout his aspect’s latest excursions of Netherlands and West Indies.

A effective 77 not out in the Netherlands noticed his aspect declare victory in the second T20I earlier than he was unleashed on the West Indies batters in the ODI and T20I sequence in the Caribbean. Bowling fantastically all through the tour, Santner completed the month having taken seven wickets at a mean of 17 in T20Is, with an extra 4 wickets throughout ODIs at a mean of 21.

Following a humbling defeat in the first Check, Stokes produced one other memorable efficiency to assist his aspect degree the sequence in the WTC battle in opposition to visiting South Africa. Amassing 143 runs all through the month, Stokes claimed seven wickets together with the prized scalps of Rassie van der Dussen, Keegan Petersen and Aiden Markram.

However his most notable contribution got here together with his commanding century at Previous Trafford, securing a snug victory and making certain the sequence is in the steadiness forward of the ultimate showdown at the Oval this week.

–IANS

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