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Virat Kohli, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma nominated for ICC ‘Player of the Month’ | Cricket News

DUBAI: Batting maestro Virat Kohli, along with the Asia Cup winning duo of Jemima Rodrigues and Deepti Sharmawere nominated on Thursday for the ICC ‘Player of the Month’ award in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.
The nominations are for the month of October.
While Kohli is nominated for the first time, following his batting exploits in T20 World Cup victories against arch-rivals Pakistan and the Netherlands, Rodrigues and Sharma were shortlisted after playing a pivotal role in the Indian women’s Asian Cup victory.
Rodrigues finished the tournament as the leading points scorer, while teammate Sharma was named Player of the Tournament and joint leading wicket taker.
Kohli registered 205 runs in October, showing a glimpse of his best form. He seemed at ease in scoring an unbeaten 62 against a stubborn Netherlands.
The highlight, however, was the time-defining innings played in front of a full house in Melbourne as his side claimed a historic victory against Pakistan.
The display saw Kohli lift his side from 31 to four to chase 160 from the last ball, thanks to a stunning 82 not from 53 balls.
David Miller from South Africa and Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe were also nominated alongside Kohli.
In women’s cricket, Rodrigues, previously nominated in August following her stellar performances in the Commonwealth Games, has once again been the driving force behind India’s recent success.
As her side looked forward to victory over Sri Lanka in the final, Rodrigues was the leading points scorer of the tournament, with 217 runs from eight games at an average of 54.25.
One of her top shows was the 76 she scored against the eventual finalists in the opening match, setting the tone for India’s award-winning campaign.
Sharma also had a fruitful month during the Asian Cup. Her 13 wickets at a remarkable 7.69 average underlined the constant threat she posed with the ball, including impressive numbers against Pakistan and Thailand.
Nida Dar is the latest contender to claim the prize for October, as her nimble bat-and-ball contributions propelled Pakistan to the Asian Cup semi-finals.

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