Chamari Nominated for  Cricketer of the Year

Chamari Nominated for Cricketer of the Year

Four outstanding players, three dynamic all-rounders, and the world’s leading T20I bowler have been nominated for the coveted ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 award.

Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu, England’s Sophie Ecclestone, the West Indies’ Hayley Matthews, and Australia’s Ellyse Perry all showcased exceptional talent throughout the year, making the selection process a close call.

Athapaththu, the veteran Sri Lankan leader, was a force to be reckoned with, spearheading her team’s remarkable year. Her 470 runs at a brisk strike rate of 130.91, including a match-winning 80 against New Zealand and a key performance in the series decider against England, solidified her position as a contender.

Ecclestone, the top-ranked T20I bowler, dominated the World Cup with a tournament-leading 11 wickets and propelled her rating past 800, becoming only the second bowler to achieve this feat. Her consistent brilliance throughout the year makes her a strong contender.

Matthews, the No.1 ranked T20I all-rounder, erupted against Australia in a bilateral series, showcasing her prowess with scores of 99*, 132, and 79. Her sheer dominance during this series positions her as a serious threat to the title.

Perry, while having a quieter World Cup, finished the year strong with notable scores against England and West Indies. Her all-round talent and experience keep her in the running for the prestigious award.

With each nominee showcasing exceptional skill and determination, the competition for the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 promises to be thrilling.

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a New Era Dawns with Wanindu Hasaranga Taking the T20I Reins

Sri Lanka’s T20 cricket enters a new chapter with Wanindu Hasaranga stepping up as captain. While Dasun Shanaka’s captaincy saw success with the Asia Cup win, his recent struggles make way for Hasaranga’s fresh perspective.

This young leg-spinner, known for his explosive batting displays in LPL, brings a unique approach to the captaincy role. His willingness to promote himself up the batting order and his potential to utilize his bowling quota effectively raise intriguing questions about his leadership style.

The upcoming T20 World Cup will be a crucial test for Hasaranga and the Sri Lankan team. His ability to motivate and lead this talented, yet occasionally inconsistent, squad will be key to success.

Fans eager to witness Hasaranga’s captaincy debut can catch Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in the first T20 International on January 15th. This match marks the beginning of a new era for Sri Lankan T20 cricket, and fans can expect an exciting journey under the charismatic leadership of Wanindu Hasaranga.

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