The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the nominees for the Women’s Player of the Month award for May 2023. The nominees include two Sri Lankan players, along with a prominent representative from an associated country.
Included in the nominations are Sri Lanka’s captain Chamari Athapaththutalented batter Harshitha Madaviand the rising star of Thailand Thipatcha Putthawong.
A well-known figure in the world of cricket, Athapaththu showed her prowess in May by putting in an impressive performance in the T20I series against Bangladesh where she scored consistently and also scored a half-century in an ICC Women’s Championship match against the same opponent.
With rain hitting most of the ODI series, batting conditions became much more challenging in Colombo. However, the Sri Lankan skipper demonstrated her exceptional skills by scoring 64 runs off 60 deliveries, including 10 boundaries, to take her team to a total of 186 runs. The Islanders went on to emerge victorious in the game, winning by a margin of 58 points. In the ensuing T20I series, Athapaththu maintained an impressive strike rate of 132 for a total of 103 runs at an average of 34.33.
Harshitha also showed impressive performance and her performance in May serves as the latest proof of her growth. She showed a consistent batting show in the 2-1 T20I series victory over Bangladesh. Harshitha also played a vital role in securing important ICC Women’s Championship points by scoring an unbeaten 45* in the third ODI against Bangladesh.
Harshitha shone in the shorter game format as she stood out as the top scorer with 45 points in the opening game. In the second game, she showed composure with an unbeaten 29* to lead her team to victory. In the third T20I, Harshitha celebrated an impressive half-century and scored 51* on 42 deliveries, contributing significantly to the series victory.
Speaking of Putthawong, the talented player from Thailand continued to make a big impact in the world of Associate cricket, leading her team to a gold medal at the South East Asian Games in Cambodia. Putthawong also emerged as the leading wicket taker with an amazing performance. She took a total of 11 wickets while maintaining exceptional economy. She claimed her wickets at an average of just 1.54, conceding just 17 runs in 15.3 overs.
Of her standout performances, Putthawong’s best came against the Philippines when she took an incredible 4/3. It was followed by figures of 3/3 against Malaysia and 3/2 against Myanmar.
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