Dubai, Mar 9 (FN Agency) India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and England woman cricketer Tammy Beaumont was on Tuesday named the ICC Player of the Month Award for February for their impressive performances in the recently concluded series. Ashwin won the award for his outstanding show against England in a four-match Test series at home which India won 3-1 to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
In the 3 Tests he played, he scored a 106 in the second innings of India’s second Test victory over England at Chennai and took his 400th Test wicket in the third Test victory at Ahmedabad. Scoring a total of 176 runs across these games and taking 24 wickets, Ashwin was the unanimous choice to win in the men’s category for February and garnered the most votes in the fan vote, the ICC said in a statement. Commenting on Ashwin’s performance in February, Ian Bishop representing the ICC Voting Academy said,’Ashwin’s consistent wicket taking, even in helpful conditions have helped to put his team ahead in a very important series.
His century in the second Test was as critical as it came when England were trying to claw their way back into the match.’ Meanwhile, England’s Tammy Beaumont played 3 ODIs in February against New Zealand where she passed fifty in each of these, totalling 231 runs. ‘Three half centuries of which two were in helping her team win the match was outstanding from Beaumont,’ said Ian Bishop. Particular emphasis on the fact that two of the knocks were unbeaten innings, and coming inevitably, on two occasions whilst having lost her opening partner early on, she had to see things through for her team, which was incredible,’ he added. The ICC Player of the Month Awards for February which recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket each month.