The ICC Player of the Month nominees have been announced for January 2022 with strong men and women candidates staking their claim with some brilliant performances.
ICC Men's Player of the Month nominees
Dewald Brevis, South Africa U19
The South African Player impressed everyone with his all-round brilliance in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 in the Caribbean.
Brevis finished as the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 506 runs at an outstanding average of 84.33. He scored two hundreds and three fifties in his six appearances, and also picked up seven wickets at 28.57.
His all-round exploits helped him in claiming the Player of the Tournament Trophy as well, along with the charming moniker 'Baby AB'.
Ebadot Hossain, Bangladesh
The Bangladeshi pacer played two Tests against New Zealand in January, and claimed nine wickets at 29.33.
He registered figures of 6/46 in the first Test and helped Bangladesh to a historic victory in New Zealand, their first in the country.
Ebadot's performance helped him in becoming an overnight sensation, and he also claimed the Player of the Match Trophy for that.
Keegan Petersen, South Africa
The South African batter was a sensation during the home Test series against India.
He helped the Proteas register a series win at home against a strong Indian side, his runs helping lay the foundation as South Africa bounced back from 0-1 down to claim the series 2-1.
Petersen played gritty knocks from No.3, amassing 244 runs during the series at an average of 61. It came as no surprise when he was named Player of the Series.
ICC Women's Player of the Month nominees
Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan skipper delivered brilliant all-round performances in the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers in January, helping her side win the tournament and seal their place in the Games later this year.
Athapaththu finished as the leading run-scorer in the competition, amassing 221 runs at a staggering average of 56.25. She also picked up four wickets while maintaining a mean economy rate of 6.75.
Sri Lanka sealed their spot as the eighth side in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as cricket returns to the event for the first time since 1998.
Deandra Dottin, West Indies
The West Indies batter came up with a breathtaking batting performance in the ODI series against South Africa in January.
She scored 187 runs in two matches against the Proteas, including an unbeaten 150 at the Wanderers. Her innings consisted of 18 fours and four huge sixes.
Unfortunately, rain interrupted the match and no result could be achieved, even though West Indies had reduced South Africa to 87/5. Despite that, her performance lit up the series.
Heather Knight, England
The England skipper came up with a brilliant batting performance in the only Test of the multi-format Women’s Ashes against Australia.
Knight amassed 216 runs during the Test match in Canberra, including a magnificent knock of an unbeaten 168 during the first innings – it was the second-highest score by a captain in the history of Women’s Tests.
Her knock put England in a commanding position in the match, but Australia put up a fight, with match ending in a thrilling draw.