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Jasprit Bumrah bags the most deserving ICC Player of the Month award


India had the most exciting last month playing cricket in the Caribbean. Not only did they end their 13-year trophy drought in World Cups by winning the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, but several of their players, like Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma have also achieved individual glory.

Among the players who have achieved the most, the best remaining Indian skipper Rohit Sharma had a splendid season with the bat, and Indian ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is often considered the best in the world across all formats.

Jasprit Bumrah was stunning for India as he was declared the Player of the Match in India’s first two group-stage games against Ireland and Pakistan, where he turned a match that never seemed to be going in India’s way.

He bounced back after a wicketless match against the hosts USA and picked up three crucial wickets against Afghanistan in the super-8. In the finals, Bumrah added to his tally with two wickets each against Bangladesh, England, and South Africa. He changed the course of the game in the finals, as he bowled 2-overs in the death for just 6 runs and a wicket at a stage when Proteas needed a comfortable 30 runs of 30 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah picked up 15 wickets in the tournament, playing 8 games for India, averaging 8.25 at a spectacular economy of 4.17. He was already coined Player of the Tournament in the ICC T20 World Cup and joined the elite list with his veteran Virat Kohli having won it twice before in the World Cup.

After, so much to celebrate about Bumrah adds to his glory as he beat his skipper Rohit Sharma and Afghan top scorer Rahmanullah Gurbaz to secure the ICC Player of the Month award for the first time in his career.

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“I am delighted to be named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for June,” Bumrah said in the ICC statement. “It’s a special honor for me following a memorable few weeks spent in the USA and West Indies. We have had a lot to celebrate as a team, and I’m delighted to be able to add this personal accolade to the list.”

“I wish to congratulate my captain Rohit Sharma and Rahmanullah Gurbaz for their excellent performances in the same period, and I am humbled to have been chosen as the winner.”

Jasprit Bumrah said this to the ICC officials.

To add to India’s joy, alongside Bumrah, Indian women’s cricketing star, Smriti Mandhana has also been chosen for her maiden ICC Player of the Month award after the left-handed Indian opener performed in an unstoppable fashion in the ongoing series against South Africa women’s across both ODI and test formats. She beat English batters Maia Bouchier and Vishmi Gunaratne to receive the award.

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