In a testament to his outstanding contributions to Ugandan cricket, Alpesh Ravilal Ramjani has been nominated for the prestigious ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 award by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Ramjani's nomination is a result of his exceptional performance throughout the year, where he showcased remarkable statistics, securing 55 wickets, scoring 449 runs, and displaying exceptional fielding skills with 5 catches.
As a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Ramjani has emerged as a pivotal player for the Ugandan team. His journey on the international stage began in 2022 during the ACA T20 Africa Cup against Botswana, where he quickly established himself as a key player for the Ugandan Cricket Cranes.
His recent standout performance against Kenya in the same tournament further emphasized his crucial role within the team.
Ramjani's cricketing journey boasts an impressive record of 35 matches, 23 innings, 5 not outs, accumulating 549 runs with a high score of 78. With a batting average of 30.50 and a strike rate of 133.90, he has also showcased prowess in the field with 14 catches.
In the bowling department, Ramjani has taken 60 wickets in the same matches, bowling 693 balls and conceding only 570 runs, with a remarkable best figure of 4/9. His bowling average of 9.50, economy rate of 4.93, and a striking rate of 11.5 underline his impact as a bowler.
A highlight of Ramjani's career was his instrumental role during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers in Namibia. His stellar performance against Zimbabwe, where he contributed a crucial 40 runs off 26 balls, marked a historic moment for Ugandan cricket.
This victory not only emphasized his pivotal role but also represented Uganda’s inaugural encounter against a Full Member team in a T20 International, signifying a monumental leap in their cricketing journey.
The nomination for the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 acknowledges Ramjani’s consistency as a batsman, his effectiveness as a bowler, and his overall impact on Uganda’s T20 matches. The nomination places him alongside other remarkable players like Mark Chapman (New Zealand), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), and Suryakumar Yadav (India).
To support and vote for Ugandan sensation Alpesh Ramjani, cricket enthusiasts can visit the ICC Awards 2023 Voting page on the official ICC website.