The ICC Player of the Month Award for June 2021 has been nominated for Shafali Verma and Devon Conway, who both recently made their Test debuts.
Conway is up against Kyle Jamieson and Quinton de Kock in the men’s category, while Shafali Verma is up against Sophie Ecclestone and Sneh Rana in the women’s category.
The voting for both categories has begun, with the ICC announcing the winners on Monday (July 12).
In her first Test match, Shafali Verma outclassed the English bowlers.
Last month, Shafali Verma was outstanding for the Indian women’s cricket squad. The 17-year-old, who earned her first Test cap against England in Bristol, made a strong start to her Test career with twin half-centuries.
In the first innings of the one-off Test, Verma and Smriti Mandhana produced a record-breaking opening partnership. She was unable to reach the three-figure mark, however.
Last month, the opening batter made her One-Day International debut, scoring 59 runs in two matches.
Sneh Rana, Shafali’s partner, also made her Test debut in Bristol, taking four wickets and scoring 82 runs. In the meantime, England’s Sophie Ecclestone took 14 wickets in a one-off Test and two One-Day Internationals against India last month.
In June 2021, Devon Conway amassed 379 Test runs.
Devon Conway, speaking about men’s players, appears to be the frontrunner for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month title. On June 2, the South African-born player made his New Zealand Test debut. On his Test debut, he hit a double century and finished the month with 379 runs in three Tests.
Devon Conway will be up against Kyle Jamieson, a teammate who took ten wickets and scored 30 runs in two Tests last month. Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s wicket-keeper, is also in the running for the trophy. In June 2021, Quinton scored 372 runs in two Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies.