Ibadat Hossain had a dream-like spell. Bangladesh won the Mount Manganui Test in New Zealand. This was Bangladesh’s first win in any edition against them on New Zealand soil. Ibadat was the man of the match with 6 wickets for 46 runs in that Test. The right-hander took 9 wickets at an average of 29.33 in the series.
South African batsman Keegan Pietersen was no less. He played well in the Test series against India at home. Despite losing the first Test, the Proteas have pocketed the series by winning the next two Tests of the three-match series.
One got a half-century in the second Test. He got a pair of half centuries in the third Test. Petersen became the highest run-getter of the series with 26 runs and also became the best player of the series. In the end, it was the team’s achievement that brought Pietersen the ICC Masera Award.
The 26-year-old right-handed batsman won the award by defeating Ibadat in the polls as the best player of January.
Not only Ibadat, but also his compatriot, South Africa U-19 star David Bravis, lost to Petersen.
The Bravis Under-19 World Cup has gone like a dream. The all-rounder named ‘Baby AB’ became the best player of the tournament due to his great match with AB de Villiers. He scored a record 508 runs at an average of 74.33. One youth has set a record for the highest run in a World Cup. He has three half-centuries with two centuries in the World Cup, with 8 wickets at an average of 26.57.
England captain Heather Knight has been named the best female player. He won the award by defeating Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu and West Indies’ Diandra Dotin. Knight became the highest run-getter in the women’s Ashes series.