AHMADABAD : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has declared Shubman Gill, the young Indian star, the ICC player of the month.
A couple of days ago, the ICC had announced the September men and women players of the month. None of the Pakistani players got position in the ICC list. However, two Indian cricketers – Shubman Gill and Muhammad Siraj – clinched positions.
Now, Indian batter Shubman Gill has been declared player of the month due to his performance in September. Chamari Athapaththu, the Sri Lankan women cricketer, got woman player of the month award.
Runs flooded in for the 24-year-old in ODI cricket in September. He started the month with half-centuries against Nepal and Pakistan before passing three figures in stylish fashion against Bangladesh in Colombo en-route to the final. Chasing down 51 to win the low-scoring finale, Gill remained at the crease to see his side over the line.
Following the conclusion of the Asia Cup, Gill once again shone in the subsequent series against Australia, bagging 74 runs in Mohali and 104 in Indore at more than a run-a-ball.
His 480 runs during the calendar month came at an average of 80, and a strike rate of 99.37.
Reacting to the ICC honor, Gill said the award will only motivate him to do better in the upcoming matches for India.
“I am delighted to have won the ICC Player of the Month award for the month of September. It’s a great privilege to represent India at the international level and contribute towards the team’s cause. This award will further motivate me to continue to seek excellence and make the country proud,” Shubman Gill said, as quoted by the ICC release.
“I managed to make a handy contribution towards the team which had the fortune of winning the Asia Cup 2023 and then, follow it up with an ODI series win against Australia in September. I take this opportunity to thank all my teammates, family and the coaches, without whom this achievement would not have been possible.” Gill has recovered from dengue and flown to Ahmedabad where India will take on Pakistan in the big-ticket World Cup 2023 match on October 14. Gill hit the nets on Thursday but it is unclear whether he would play the big game on Saturday.