Arshdeep, Renuka and Yastika in race for ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award
The ICC said in a release that voting for these awards will begin in January. In the women’s category, India’s fast bowler Renuka Singh and batsman Yashtika Bhatia, besides Australia’s Darcy Brown and England’s Alice Capsy have been nominated for the award.
India’s left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh was on Wednesday nominated for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Emerging Cricketer of the Year award along with Marco Jansen, Finn Allen and Ibrahim Zadran. The ICC said in a release that voting for these awards will begin in January. In the women’s category, India’s fast bowler Renuka Singh and batsman Yashtika Bhatia, besides Australia’s Darcy Brown and England’s Alice Capsy have been nominated for the award.
Arshdeep has been nominated for the award less than six months after making his international debut. The fast bowler has taken 33 wickets in 21 T20 Internationals at an average of 18.12. Arshdeep has been successful in getting wickets with both the new and the old ball. After impressive performances in the Indian Premier League, Arshdeep has also done well for India, who are looking to bounce back after the 2021 T20 World Cup disappointment. Arshdeep also made his ODI debut during India’s tour of New Zealand recently.
Arshdeep has produced some memorable performances in a short span of time in international cricket, including an impressive performance in a high-pressure T20 World Cup match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Arshdeep sent both Pakistan openers captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to the pavilion thanks to his pace and swing. The fast bowler returned to bowling in the death overs and dismissed Asif Ali as well, taking three wickets for 32 runs in the match.
Arshdeep will be challenged for the award by South African left-arm pacer Jenson, New Zealand opener Allen and Afghanistan batsman Zadran. Right-arm fast bowler Renuka was nominated for the award after taking 40 wickets in 29 matches this year in both limited-overs formats. After the retirement of Jhulan Goswami, he has not missed the experienced fast bowler on most of the occasions. The 26-year-old Renuka has been more effective in the One Day International format where she has picked up 18 wickets at an average of 14.88.
He took eight wickets in seven T20 Internationals this year, troubling Australia’s strong team. Renuka also had impressive performances at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Asia Cup in Dhaka earlier this year, taking 17 wickets in 11 matches. Yestika also performed well for India in the middle order throughout the year. He scored half-centuries against Australia and Bangladesh, apart from scores of 41 and 31 before the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand. The 22-year-old scored 376 runs in ODIs at an average of 25.06 and a strike rate of 73.29.
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