The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shortlisted three Asian cricketers, Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, bowler Asitha Fernando and veteran Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the May 2022 Men’s Player of the Month award.
The Managed to make it to the list:-
The trio has managed to make it to the elite monthly performance list for their individual performances during the two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan team came out on top in the second Test by 10 wickets to seal the series 1-0.
Experienced Angelo Mathews brought all his experience into the game during Sri Lanka’s series win over Bangladesh away from home.
He finished as the highest run-scorer in the series with 344 runs in two Tests which included two centuries.
The Most wickets in the ICC World Test Championship series:-
Fast bowler Asitha Fernando finished as the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Test Championship series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He took three wickets in the only innings bowled by Sri Lanka in the first match.
In the second game, however, he came back with 10 wickets in a match that ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.
He completed his first five-wicket haul with the wicket of Taijul Islam and finished with the final wicket with career-best figures of 6/51 which led Sri Lanka to victory. He was duly awarded the Player of the Match for his ten-wicket haul.
The Highest Wicket-Taker:-
Fernando took 13 wickets to his name, but more importantly, he also emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Test Championship series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was also nominated for the award after his remarkable performance against Sri Lanka.
Despite the loss, it was a memorable series for Rahim. He finished as the second-highest run-scorer with 303 runs and, like Mathews, had two centuries to show for his efforts.
In the opening Test, he also became the first Bangladesh player to score 5000 Test runs. His 105 in the first Test helped Bangladesh take a lead of 68 runs. However, the second century of the series came in more difficult conditions.