NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Indian batsman Shubman Gill as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for September 2023 on Friday.
Gill emerged victorious over fast bowler Mohammed Siraj and England’s opener Dawid Malan after amassing 480 ODI runs in September, boasting an impressive average of 80.
During the Asia Cup, Gill’s outstanding performance included 302 runs at an average of 75.5, and he notably remained unbeaten on 27* when India achieved a resounding 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final.

In the ODI series against Australia on home turf, Gill continued to shine, accumulating 178 runs in just two innings. He scored a century against Australia (104) in the second ODI, following up on his previous century against Bangladesh (121) during the Asia Cup, thus securing two centuries in the month of September.
He scored a century against Australia (104) in the second of those ODIs, after smashing a ton against Bangladesh (121) during the Asia Cup for two hundreds in September.
Additionally, Gill scored three half-centuries in the previous month and was only out for less than fifty from eight innings on two occasions.
The 24-year-old is ranked No. 2 in the ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings and has a remarkable record in ODIs, scoring 1917 runs in 35 games at an average of 66.1 and a strike rate of 102.84.
Gill has missed India’s opening matches of the Cricket World Cup due to illness but looms as pivotal to the hosts’ chances of lifting the trophy for the first time since 2011.
Reacting to his award win, Gill said as quoted by ICC, “I am delighted to have won the ICC Player of the Month award for the month of September. It’s a great privilege to represent India at the international level and contribute towards the team’s cause. This award will further motivate me to continue to seek excellence and make the country proud.
“I managed to make a handy contribution towards the team which had the fortune of winning the Asia Cup 2023 and then, follow it up with an ODI series win against Australia in September. I take this opportunity to thank all my teammates, family and the coaches, without whom this achievement would not have been possible.”
(With ANI Inputs)

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