(ICC) Two of Sri Lanka’s leading talents and a bowling prodigy from Thailand have been selected as nominees for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award after they experienced successful performances throughout May.
Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka):
It’s never a significant surprise to witness Sri Lanka’s captain in the spotlight, although it has been Athapaththu’s consistent stream of runs, even while shouldering the responsibility of captaincy, that makes her individual achievements all the more impressive.
The backbone and essence of Sri Lanka women’s team, Athapaththu once again stepped up in May, registering three impressive scores during the T20I series victory against Bangladesh and a half-century against the same opponent in ICC Women’s Championship play.
Despite the challenging batting conditions due to rain in most of the ODI series, the skipper exhibited her class by scoring 64 runs (60 balls), which included 10 boundaries, enabling her side to reach a total of 186 runs in their 30 overs in the truncated match. Sri Lanka went on to win the game by 58 runs.
Athapaththu then displayed her skill with a strike rate of 132 in the T20I series, finishing with 103 runs at an average of 34.33.
Harshitha Madavi (Sri Lanka):
Left-handed batter Harshitha Madavi has continuously improved for Sri Lanka, with her performances in May being the latest evidence of her progress.
The 24-year-old was a consistent performer with the bat in the 2-1 T20I series victory against Bangladesh, and she also played a crucial role by scoring an unbeaten 45 runs in the third ODI against the same opponents to secure essential ICC Women’s Championship points.
In the shorter format, Madavi excelled. After scoring the highest runs with 45 in the first T20I, Madavi followed it up with a composed unbeaten knock of 29 runs to lead her team to victory in the second match. She then played a match-winning innings of 51 runs (42 balls) in the third T20I, which helped clinch the series.
Thipatcha Putthawong (Thailand):
The 19-year-old Thipatcha Putthawong continues to make a significant impact in the Associate world and achieved success for her team during the South East Asian Games in Cambodia by winning the gold medal.
Continuously troubling batters with her fast left-arm orthodox deliveries, Putthawong picked up 11 wickets and showcased exceptional economy. Her stats are truly astounding: not only was she the leading wicket-taker, but she also had an average of just 1.54 and conceded a mere 17 runs in 15.3 overs. That’s an outstanding economy rate of just 1.09.
Remarkably, three of her spells ended with an economy rate of under one, with figures of 1/9 against Indonesia standing out as an exceptional performance.
Putthawong’s best performance was 4/3 against the Philippines, closely followed by 3/3 and 3/2 against Malaysia and Myanmar, respectively.