Delhi, Jan 16: Her coach recently described her as Ben Stokes of India's women cricket. On her day, she can win matches either with the bat or the ball, or with both.
She is a proven world class all-rounder. In the recent Test matches against England and Australia, she did proved her mettle as a match winner again.
Even in the white-ball matches, her achievements and contributions against the same formidable oppositions were no less.
Impressed with her frequent all-round match winning abilities, India women team's head coach Amol Muzumdar called her Ben Stokes of Indian women cricket.
If that adulation was less, now India's star all-rounder Deepti Sharma has been crowned as the crowned the Women's Player of the Month for December 2023 by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Well, Australia men's team captain Pat Cummins has been chosen as the Men's Player of the Month for December 2023 by the ICC.
Deepti Sharma's outstanding contributions in Test matches against England and Australia secured her the prestigious award, while Pat Cummins' stellar performances in the Test series against Pakistan earned him the Men's Player of the Month honour.
Deepti Sharma, the versatile all-rounder from India, showcased her cricketing prowess in the two Test matches in December. Not only did she amass an impressive 165 runs, averaging 55 with the bat, but her bowling performance was equally exceptional, claiming 11 wickets at an average of just 10.81.
A standout moment came in the Test against England, where Deepti's all-round brilliance included a crucial 67 with the bat and a remarkable 9-wicket haul. Her impact extended to the ODIs, where she displayed her bowling prowess by taking a five-wicket haul against Australia. During the T20 International matches against England, Deepti continued her commendable bowling form, maintaining an impressive economy rate of 5.88 runs per over.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins, the Australian pace spearhead, capped off a remarkable year by clinching the ICC Men's Player of the Month for December 2023. Cummins played a pivotal role in the Test series against Pakistan, particularly in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Defending 317 in the final innings, Cummins removed Pakistan's Shan Masood, sparking a collapse that secured Australia's victory.
Cummins' stellar performance in the Boxing Day Test included two five-wicket hauls (5/48 & 5/49), reaching the milestone of 250 Test wickets. His Player of the Match-winning display not only secured the series for Australia but also propelled them to regain the No.1 spot in Tests. (With IANS support)