ICC Men’s Player of the Month winner announced for October 2022

India batsman Virat Kohli has been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for October 2022 after some outstanding performances in the shorter format of the game.

Sikandar Raza from Zimbabwe and David Miller from South Africa were the other nominees for the award along with Kohli, but the Indian batsman beat them to claim the title.

The 33-year-old batted in just four innings in October but produced three memorable strikes, including a magical 82* against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.

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Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 82* from 53 balls to help India secure an opening win against Pakistan in their ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2022 encounter.

India looked completely out of contention as Pakistan cut them to 31/4 while chasing 160, but Kohli didn’t give up and went on to produce an impressive 82* hit from just 53 deliveries to guide India home. Kohli also admitted during the post-match interview that it was the best shot of his T20I career.

“It is a great honor for me to have been voted ICC Men’s Player of the Month for October. Being chosen as the outstanding player by fans around the world, as well as by the panel, makes this accolade even more special to me,” Kohli said after winning the award.

“I want to pay tribute to the other nominees who performed so well throughout the month and also to my teammates who continue to support me in performing to the best of my ability,” he added.

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Aside from his majestic strike against Pakistan, the 33-year-old also played an outstanding strike of 49* in just 28 deliveries against South Africa in Guwahati earlier in the month. He also posted an unbeaten 62-for-44 cap against the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup, which came on the heels of the memorable strike against Pakistan.

Kohli’s efforts played a crucial role in helping India reach the semi-finals of the mega event. India will face England in the second semi-final now in Adelaide on November 10.

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