Veteran all-rounder Sikandar Raza has created history by turning into the primary Zimbabwe participant to win the ICC Males’s Participant of the Month award.
Raza beat New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner and England star Ben Stokes to say the monthly award for August, with the 36-year-old scoring three ODI centuries in the course of the month alone.
It means Raza joins an illustrious group of gamers to have received the ICC monthly gong and turns into the primary from Zimbabwe to take action.
Understandably, Raza was over the moon so as to add the award to his ever-improving cricket resume.
“I’m incredibly humbled and honoured to have won the player of the month award from the ICC – more humbling that I’m the first Zimbabwean to ever win such an award,” Raza stated.
“I wish to thank everyone who has been within the changeroom with me over the previous three to 4 months – that goes out to the technical employees and to the gamers. With out you guys this might not have been attainable.
“Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans in Zimbabwe and overseas for all your prayers, for all your wishes…they were well received and I’m forever grateful.”
Raza’s three centuries for the month got here in opposition to world-class assaults, with the right-hander’s unbeaten 135 in opposition to Bangladesh in the beginning of the month arguably the decide of the bunch.
Zimbabwe had been in bother at 62/3 chasing 304 for the win when Raza and team-mate Harmless Kaia put collectively an enormous 192-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Raza was the aggressor of the 2 and batted proper up till the top, remaining unbeaten on 135 from simply 109 balls as Zimbabwe scripted a memorable win over the Tigers.
Within the subsequent match, the hosts had been in dire straits but once more at 49/4 chasing 292 when Raza as soon as once more pulled off the rescue act. This time, it was Regis Chakabva who saved him firm.
But once more, Raza (117* off 127 balls) batted by proper up till the top to information his aspect to the second win in a row as Zimbabwe took an unassailable lead within the collection.
He was additionally Zimbabwe’s star with the ball and regardless of bowling the troublesome overs within the dying, ended up with spectacular figures of three/56 from his 10 overs.
Raza nearly pulled it off within the remaining ODI in opposition to India as properly however not like the earlier events, discovered little assist from the opposite finish. Chasing 290, he was on the crease till the penultimate over. The 95-ball 115 went in useless as India held their nerve within the remaining phases to finish a whitewash.