Shubman Gill named ICC Men's Player of January

Wednesday 15th February 2023 05:02 EST

Following a string of strong ODI performances, India's Shubman Gill was named ICC Men's Player of the Month for January. England U-19 captain Grace Scrivens became the youngest player to get the women's honour. White-ball cricket player Gill had a record-breaking month in January.
With 567 runs during January, which included three century-plus scores, the 23-year-old Gill wowed fans with a lethal combination of graceful and attacking strokeplay.
Gill had a month full of stand-out moments, but his magnificent double-hundred in the thrilling triumph over New Zealand in the series opener in Hyderabad stands out as his best effort. His unbeaten 208 came off just 149 balls with 28 boundaries -- a startling feat not just because it made him the youngest double-centurion in the ODI format, but also because all those around him seemed to falter on a difficult pitch for batters. Between these two innings, there were two further centuries: 116 in a convincing win over Sri Lanka and 112 against New Zealand in the final ODI.
Gill defeated Devon Conway of New Zealand and fellow countryman Mohammed Siraj in the global poll to win his maiden ICC Men's Player-of-the-Month honour. In doing so, he succeeds Virat Kohli from October 2022 as the first Indian winner.
"January was a special month for me and winning this award makes it all the more memorable. It is always heartening to be recognised for your performances, and I will take great confidence from these innings, especially as we head into an extremely important period prior to an ICC Men's Cricket World Cup on home soil," Gill said in an ICC release.

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