The three star batsmen are in contention for the ICC Men’s Player of the Year award after enjoying successful performances throughout the month of May.
Babar Assam (Pakistan)
The Pakistan skipper stood up for his country once again, this time in his team’s home ODI series against New Zealand.
After dropping the first two of the five matches in late April, Pakistan became 4–1 series winners with two wins in early May.
It was surprising that the positive results came through Babar’s achievements with the bat.
Babar joined Imam-ul-Haq for a second-wicket century on 3 May with 54 off 62 balls as they reached 287/6. As the tourists were all out for 261, he used six bowlers in his team’s effort in the field.
The skipper stepped it up a gear in the next match two days later, leading his side to a 102-run 4-1 victory and earning Player of the Match honours. Babar amassed 107 (117), his 18th ODI century, to help the hosts to 334/6.
Najmul Hussain Shanto (Bangladesh)
Najmul Hossain Shanto’s rise continued last month as the 24-year-old enjoyed another fine series, this time against Ireland in the ODI format.
Najmul, who was third in the series, started with 44, but his innings proved to be futile as rain came, but to no avail.
Najmul’s heroics in match two led to a resounding victory. Chasing 320 in 45 overs, Najmul scored 117 off 83 balls with 12 fours and three sixes.
Bangladesh prevailed in the final over of the chase, with Najmul contributing again in three runs, scoring 35 and taking 1/10 with his off-spin in a five-run win.
Najmul’s effort earned him Player of the Series honors as Bangladesh finished their successful Super League campaign on a high.
Harry Tector (Ireland)
Despite a disappointing end to their Super League campaign, the 23-year-old continues to prove that he is the present and future of the Ireland side.
Tector, who reached 21* in the first ODI against Bangladesh at Chelmsford before rain, smashed a career-best 140 off just 113 balls in the second ODI with seven fours and 10 sixes.
Tector’s feat was made all the more remarkable by the fact that the No. 4 got out with his side struggling at 16/2 in the 7th over, but by the time he was dismissed at the end of the 42nd over, the match had turned.
Tector and George Dockrell (74 off 47*) guided Ireland to 319 in 45 overs but Bangladesh ran away with victory, mainly through fellow nominee Najmul Hossain Shanto.
The Ireland batsman backed up his credentials with a 48-ball 45 in the third ODI and in Bangladesh.
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