Virat Kohli and Nida Daar are ICC players of the month for October

The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Indian batter Virat Kohli and Pakistani player Nida Dar as Men’s Player of the month and Women’s Player of the month for October. Kohli has been phenomenal in T20 World Cup 2022 while Nida Dhar proved her form in their Women’s Asia Cup tournament.

Both players won the global vote which was conducted among the media representatives, ICC Hall of Famers, former international players, and fans registered at ICC-cricket.com.

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Virat Kohli won this award for the first time after he mustered 205 runs and showed his talent to the world. He had already scored three half-centuries in the tournament. His performance against Pakistan was commendable in the Melbourne crowd. In that game, he scored 82 runs off 53 deliveries.

Along with him South African batter David Miller and Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe were nominated for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

“It is a great honour for me to have been voted the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for October. Being chosen as the standout player by fans across the globe as well as the panel makes this accolade even more special for me.I want to pay tribute to the other nominees who performed so well during the month and also to my teammates, who continue to support me to perform to the best of my ability.” he said

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Nida Dar’s contribution to the Pakistani team against Bangladesh in the semifinals earned her the Player of the month award. He mustered 145 runs at an average of 72.50 in October and scalped eight wickets establishing herself as an influential all-rounder. Against India in the finale, she mustered 56 runs that helped the team reach 137. She took important wickets of Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues.

Dar competed with Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma for this award who had even produced phenomenal performances in the Asia Cup.

“It was great to be nominated for the award, and to win it is very special to me. I wish we could have won the Women’s Asia Cup, but I am happy that we as a team are performing, and the recent series win against Ireland at home shows the commitment the girls are putting into their game. I take great pride in representing my country and my aim is to contribute to my team winning as much as I can.”- She said

Fans can continue to vote each month for their preferred male and female cricketers across all formats of international cricket as part of the ICC Player of the Month programme.

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