The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for April which recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021, for his consistent and outstanding performances across all formats in the recently concluded series against South Africa and was chosen as the April winner by fans and the ICC voting academy.
While Australian cricketer, Alyssa Healy, was named as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for April 2021, for her outstanding consistency with the bat.
Babar’s match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach a career-best 865 points. He also contributed 122 from 59 balls in Pakistan’s successful chase in the third match of a T20I series against the same opposition.
Commenting on Azam’s performance in April, Ramiz Raja representing the ICC Voting Academy said:
The world bats in two ways in white ball cricket. One way is to destroy attacks with muscle and force and then there is the Babar Azam way, like conducting a batting symphony with punch, panache and flair, and he deserves to win this award.
Babar was in supreme form on Pakistan’s limited-overs tour of South Africa. He scored a century and a half-century in the three match ODI series, leading the team to a historic ODI series victory in the Rainbow nation, as well as moving to the top of the ICC ODI batsmen rankings.
He continued his rich vain of form in the T20I series, scoring his first ever T20I century in the third T20I and leading Pakistan to a 3-1 victory in the T20Is as well. In the process, Babar also became the fastest cricketer in the world to reach 2,000 T20I runs.