New Delhi. England captain Joe Root has been rewarded for his excellent batting in the recently concluded Test series against India. He has been selected as the ICC Player of the Month for August for the month of August. Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi were also nominated along with Root for the honour. However, Root left both behind.
Root had scored 507 runs in 3 Tests against India in August. During this, he had scored 3 consecutive centuries. This also includes an unbeaten innings of 180 runs played at Lord’s. Earlier, he also scored 64 and 109 in the first Test of the series in Nottingham. The English captain scored 121 runs in the third Test of the series in Leeds.
Root No. 1 batsman in ICC Test rankings
On the basis of this performance, Root reached the first place in the Test rankings of batsmen. He still remains at the first position with 903 rating points. JP Duminy, who was included in the player of the month selection committee, praised Joe Root and said that as a captain, he had a big responsibility on his shoulders. I am impressed with how he led the team with the bat and became the No.1 batsman in the world.
Richardson of Ireland also got the honor
At the same time, in the women’s category, Ireland’s Aimar Richardson was elected the ICC Player of the Month. He was challenged by his compatriot Gabby Lewis and Thailand’s Nataya Bouchatham. However, he won. Richardson played a brilliant all round game in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe qualifiers. He took a total of 7 wickets in the tournament at an economy rate of 4.19.
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He took 2 wickets for 6 runs in the opening match against Germany. After this, against Scotland also took 2 wickets while bowling sharply. At the same time, Richards also took three wickets against France and the Netherlands. Due to this performance, Ireland finished second in their group.
Richardson rocked with the ball as well as the bat. He scored 53 runs in 49 balls in the team’s final match against the Netherlands and scored a total of 76 runs in the tournament.
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