The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday announced the winners of the ‘Players of the Month Awards’ for June 2021. The award is based on the overall performance of the player across all forms of international cricket.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared the list of the nominations last month. In male category, the competition was between New Zealand’s all-rounder Kyle Jamieson, batting star Devon Conway and South African wicket-keeping batsman Quinton de Kock.
Coming to female category, the nominated players were India young opener Shafali Verma, all-rounder Sneh Rana, and England’s star spinner Sophie Ecclestone.
Meanwhile, ICC on Monday released the results and in men’s category, Devon Conway has been awarded ‘Player of the Month’ for June 2021 for his stunning performance against England and India in WTC final.
The left-handed batsman smashed a double century on his Test debut against England and followed it up with two fifties in his next two matches, including in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India in Southampton.
Expressing his joy after being declared as the winner, Conway said that he is honoured to receive such recognition. Conway further added that smashing a double at Lords was a dream come true and to contribute to a win over India in the WTC final is something he will always be proud of.
“I’m truly honoured to win this award. That I have received it for my performances in Test cricket makes it extra special. Scoring a double century at Lord’s was a dream come true for me, and to have also been able to contribute to our win over India in the ICC World Test Championship Final is something that I know I will proudly look back on in years to come,” said Conway as quoted by ICC.
Talking about Women’s cricket, the award was given to Sophie Ecclestone for her impressive performance against India. Ecclestone was the most successful bowler in the one-off Test against India in Bristol, where she finished with an eight-wicket haul. She also grabbed three wickets each in the two ODIs which followed.
Ecclestone expressed her excitement to win the special award, saying it’s nice to be recognised after a good performance.
“It’s really nice to win this award. After a period in which we’ve played all three formats, it feels good to be recognised for my performances in the Test and the white-ball series. We’ve been happy as a team with how we’ve performed across this series. We would have liked to have won the Test match, but hopefully, we can clinch the multi-format series,” said Ecclestone.