The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday announced the winners of 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.
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for February 2021, for his impressive performance against England as part of India’s successful Test series victory.
Ravichandran Ashwin won the Man of the Series award for his 32 wickets in 4 Test matches and also for scoring 186 runs which included a brilliant century in his home ground of MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This was his fifth Test century and first against England, which helped India win the second Test by 317 runs and draw level in the series as well.
England’s Tammy Beaumont played 3 ODIs in February against New Zealand where she passed fifty in each of these, totalling 231 runs. Beaumont was overwhelmingly named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for February 2021.
Commenting on Ashwin’s performance, Ian Bishop 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. That knock ensured that India shut the door on the opposition.”
Commenting on Beaumont’s performance in February, Ian Bishop added:
“Three half centuries of which two were in helping her team win the match was outstanding from Beaumont. 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.”
The winner of the ICC Player Of The Month is chosen by the ICC Voting Academy which is made of various ex-cricketers and journalists from the cricketing world. Fans can also vote for this award on ICC’s website but the weightage of the fans’ vote is 10%.