Ravichandran Ashwin is July’s PCA player of the month
Ravichandran Ashwin (AFP Photo)

India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been rewarded for his brief but excellent stint in County Championship after being chosen as the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Player of the month for July.

Ashwin, 32, signed with Nottinghamshire for six County Championship matches as practice for India’s World Test Championship fixture against West Indies that gets underway later this month. In three matches, he took 23 wickets at 19.91 and scored 197 runs at 39.40.

“I am delighted to receive this award,” Ashwin told PCA. “I love playing county cricket and really enjoy being a part of the Nottinghamshire dressing room.”

Ashwin received a whopping 61% of the supporters’ vote, well ahead of Middlesex’s Dawid Malan (19.7%) in the second, Yorkshire’s Keshav Maharaj (11%) in third and Toby Roland-Jones (8.4%) in fourth spot.

“I look forward to returning in September and playing the remainder of the season for Nottinghamshire,” Ashwin added.

Ashwin, 32, signed with Nottinghamshire for six County Championship matches as practice for India’s World Test Championship fixture against West Indies next month. In three matches, he has taken 23 wickets at 19.91 and scored 197 runs at 39.40.

This is the India international’s second stint in English county cricket, having played four games for Worcestershire during the 2017 season when he took 20 wickets in four games and also scored 214 runs.

Ashwin will be back playing county cricket in September as he’s back home and currently playing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. “I look forward to returning in September and playing the remainder of the season for Nottinghamshire,” he said.