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Harmer, Maharaj in contention for ICC 'Player of the Month' award for April

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its 'Player of the Month' nominees for the month of April, on Tuesday.

South African spin-duo Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer have received well-deserved nominations for their stellar show against Bangladesh in the recent two-match series on home soil.

The Proteas duo, notably Maharaj, were at the top of their game against a helpless Bangladeshi batting unit.

Maharaj started slowly as he returned wicketless in the first innings of the 1st Test in Durban. However, the left-arm orthodox came back strongly in the second game of the series, claiming a barely believable 7/32 in 10 overs to help the Proteas shoot down the visitors for 53 and claim a 220-run victory.

Maharaj took the confidence from his outing in Durban to Port Elizabeth as he returned with figures of 2/52 & 7/40 to end up with 16 scalps in four innings.

Besides, he also scored a belligerent 95-ball 84 in the first innings. The left-arm orthodox was rightfully adjudged the 'Player of the Match' as well as 'Player of the series' for his all-round exploits.

Meanwhile, his fellow nominee Simon Harmer, the right-arm off-spinner, enjoyed an equally good outing on his comeback to international cricket.

Harmer claimed 13 wickets in two games at an average of 15.15, enthralling everyone with his wily skills. The third player nominated by the ICC is Oman opener Jatinder Singh, who was in blistering form all through the month during the tri-series against Scotland and PNG in Dubai.

In four games, Jatinder hammered 259 runs, with the help of four 50+ scores, including a brilliant 118* (116) against PNG.

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