Rachin Ravindra and Phoebe Litchfield shine as ICC Emerging Cricketers of the Year

Rachin Ravindra and Phoebe Litchfield shine in the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year awards. Read their incredible journeys and contributions to the game.

New Zealand’s all-rounder, Rachin Ravindra, and Australia’s opener, Phoebe Litchfield, have claimed the prestigious titles of ICC Emerging Cricketers of the Year in the men’s and women’s categories. Meanwhile, Netherlands’ all-rounder, Bas de Leede, and Kenya’s captain, Queentor Abel, have been named Associate Cricketers of the Year in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.

Ravindra, the left-handed batting all-rounder, stole the limelight with his impressive ODI performances in 2023, making waves with a total of 578 runs in the Men’s ODI World Cup. His remarkable contributions with both bat and ball garnered him the well-deserved recognition. On receiving the award, Ravindra expressed his gratitude, saying, “It’s obviously a very special feeling. Whenever you are recognized by the ICC for something, it’s always special.”

In the women’s category, Phoebe Litchfield’s stellar year included consecutive unbeaten half-centuries and a memorable century against Ireland. Her remarkable innings and consistent performances in various formats earned her the ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. Phoebe shared her excitement, stating, “It’s been a massive year for women’s cricket, and the standard of all teams continues to rise, which is exciting for the future of our sport.”

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Bas de Leede, the Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year, showcased brilliance with both bat and ball, contributing significantly to the Netherlands’ qualification for the ODI World Cup. His career-defining performance included a century and a five-wicket haul against Scotland. De Leede expressed his joy, saying, “Looking at my performances, it is probably the best I have played for Holland.”

Queentor Abel, the ICC Associate Women’s Cricketer of the Year, stood out with her all-round prowess. Scoring 476 runs and claiming 30 wickets in T20Is, she played a crucial role in Kenya’s success. Queentor shared her gratitude, stating, “Winning the ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year is a profound honor, representing the culmination of relentless dedication to the sport.”

-IANS