Two of Sri Lanka’s top talents and a bowling phenom from Thailand have been named as nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award after enjoying successful performances throughout the month of May.
Chamari Atthapath (Sri Lanka)
It’s never a big surprise to see Sri Lanka’s captain in the limelight, yet it’s Atthappathu’s constant flow of runs, even with the responsibility of captaincy, that makes her individual achievements all the more impressive.
Athappathu, the heart and soul of the Sri Lankan women’s team, bounced back in May with three strong scores across the T20I series against Bangladesh and a half-century against the same opposition in the ICC Women’s Championship.
After rain ruined much of the ODI series, the batting was tricky in Colombo, however, with the captain hitting 64 (60) with 10 boundaries to guide the team to 186 in 30 overs. Sri Lanka won the match by 58 runs.
Athapatthu scored 103 runs at an average of 34.33 at a strike rate of 132 for the T20I series.
Harshita Madhavi (Sri Lanka)
Left-hander Harshita Madhavi has gone from strength to strength for Sri Lanka, her exploits in May being the latest proof.
The 24-year-old was consistent with the bat in the 2-1 T20I series win over Bangladesh, and secured crucial ICC Women’s Championship points with a 45* in the third ODI against the same opposition.
Madhavi excelled in the short format. After top-scoring with 45 runs in the first T20I, Madhavi supported the innings with a quiet 29* to guide her team to victory in match two and then raised her bat with a 51* (42) performance in the third T20I. Secure the series win.
Thipacha Puthavong (Thailand)
19-year-old Tipacha Puthavong continues to make waves in the associate world and led her team to glory with a South East Asian Games gold medal campaign in Cambodia.
Constantly troubling the batsmen with her fast left-arm orthodox, Puthavong took 11 wickets and was incredibly economical, leading to a jaw-dropping stat line: not only was she the leading wicket-taker, but she took her wicket at an average of just 1.54. He conceded only 17 runs in 15.3 overs. That is just 1.09 economy.
Amazingly, her three spells ended with an economy rate of less than one, figures of 1/9 against Indonesia were somehow out.
Puthavong’s 4/3 against the Philippines was her best, followed by 3/3 and 3/2 against Malaysia and Myanmar respectively.
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