The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday (April 13) announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for March which recognize and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned to international cricket after more than a year, won the ICC Men's Player of the Month for March 2021, for his impressive performances in India's recently concluded series win against England. He was the standout bowler on either side in the white-ball series and was chosen the winner for the month by fans and the ICC voting academy.
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In the three-match ODI series (won by India 2-1), Kumar claimed 6 wickets with an economy of 4.65 which is remarkable considering the high-scoring matches. In the five T20Is, he bagged 4 wickets, and again, the economy was just over 6 (6.38) which was among the lowest in the series.
Reacting to the win, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said to ICC, "After what seemed like a really long and painful gap, I was delighted to be playing for India again. I used the time away to work on my fitness and skill and I am happy to be back taking wickets for my country. I would like to thank each and every person who helped me in this journey starting with my family and friends and my teammates. Also, a special thank you to the ICC voting academy and all the fans who voted for me and made me the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March".
On the other hand, South Africa's Lizelle Lee who played four ODIs against India where she scored a century and two half-centuries to move to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI Batting Rankings, was deservingly named the ICC Women's Player of the Month for March 2021.
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Reacting to the win, Lizelle Lee said, "I am happy and honored to receive this award. Such accolades are a great way to keep me motivated and to continue to work even harder on my game. A big thank you to my teammates for their support as this would never have been possible without them".