India opener Shubman Gill and fast bowler Mohammad Siraj were on Tuesday nominated for the ICC Player of the Month award for their good performances in January. New Zealand opener Devon Conway has started the year well with three hundreds and two fifties across all formats. There is a third contender for this award. After a useful 2022, Gill showcased his batting skills in both the white-ball formats last month. While Siraj has led India’s pace attack with distinction in ODIs in the recent past. Showed consistent brilliance with the new ball especially in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
Shubman Gill was handed his T20I debut in the first match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Where he could score only seven runs. He played a steady 46 in the third T20I at Rajkot before scoring a single in the second game.
Gill registered scores of 70, 21 and 116 in the three ODIs against Sri Lanka. But it was his breathtaking performance in the first ODI against New Zealand at Hyderabad.
Shubman Gill, 23, played an incredible innings of 208 runs in 149 balls when none of his teammates could cross 28.
Shubman Gill smashed Lockie Ferguson for three consecutive sixes to reach his 200 and also became the youngest player to achieve the feat in ODIs.
He followed that up with scores of 40 not out and 112 in his next two matches to close the series with a total of 360. Which was the joint highest for anyone in a three match ODI series. Equaled Babar Azam’s record against West Indies.
Siraj’s incredible form, on the other hand, has been rewarded in the ICC Men’s Player Rankings. Where he was crowned the No. 1 bowler in ODIs.
He returned with figures of 2/30 from seven overs in a high-scoring first ODI against Sri Lanka in Guwahati and as the leading wicket taker in his next two matches with figures of 3/30 and 4/32 respectively. Finished |
Right-hander Shubman Gill then took 4/46 from 10 overs in a high-scoring thriller against New Zealand at his home ground in Hyderabad, before coming back convincingly to take 6-1 ,10-1 in a brilliant opening in the second.