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Babar Azam finds a place in the ICC ODI team of the year 2022

Let's take a look at 11 players that excelled in 2022 and made the cut in men's cricket's 50-over tournament.

Babar Azam (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Kshitij Ojha | Jan 24, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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The ICC Team of the Year honours 11 great individuals who have astonished everyone in a calendar year, whether with the bat, the ball, or their all-around accomplishments. Let’s take a look at 11 players that excelled in 2022 and made the cut in men’s cricket’s 50-over tournament.

Babar

Pakistan captain Babar Azam once again demonstrated his 50-over brilliance, illustrating why he has ruled the roost at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings since July 2021. Babar, 28, got eight scores of greater over fifty in nine matches this year, three of which he converted into hundreds. He concluded the season with 679 runs at an astounding 84.87 average. As captain of the Pakistan ODI team, Babar had a fantastic year, winning three series out of three.

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Head

Normally an attacking middle-order batsman, Head effectively transformed himself as an opener in One-Day Internationals, becoming one of Australia’s most consistent batters in the game. Head had a memorable year, becoming one of the first names on the Australian team sheet after scoring 550 runs in nine games at 68.75. His runs averaged 112.24 and included two centuries and three fifties.

Hope

Hope had a fantastic year in 2022, consistently performing well for the West Indies in the 50-over format. Hope did not have the best of starts in 2022, but in a typical manner, began to grind out runs in the second half. He finished the year with 709 runs at an average of 35.45, including three hundred and two fifties.

Iyer

Iyer played 17 games in the calendar year, mostly at No.4, and scored 724 runs at an average of 55.69. His runs were completed at a rapid speed of 91.52 seconds, including one century and six fifties. With the World Cup 2023 rapidly approaching, Iyer has risen above the competition to become a regular fixture in India’s One-Day International team.

Latham

Latham scored 558 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 101.27 and an average of 55.80. He scored two fifties and two centuries in the year, becoming an important cog in New Zealand’s middle order.

Sikandar Raza

Zimbabwe’s revival on the world stage in 2022 was mostly due to one man – Sikandar Raza. Raza amassed 645 runs with a strike rate of 87.16 and an average of 49.61, adding two fifties to three centuries. Raza was unfailing with the ball, taking eight wickets while conceding little over five per over.

Mehidy Miraz

Miraz’s batting improved as his bowling improved, frequently pulling Bangladesh out of difficult positions. He took 24 wickets in 15 games at a 28.20 average, with a best performance of 4/29. He also scored 330 runs at a fantastic average of 66, including a century and a fifty.

Joseph

Joseph progressed from a highly regarded prospect to a consistent performer with the ball for the West Indies in 2022. Not wanting in pace but occasionally in accuracy, Joseph worked on his flaws and became a terrifying prospect for hitters to face. Joseph appeared in 17 games, taking 27 wickets at an average of 25.70 and a strike rate of 33.4. He was also frugal, having a 4.61 economy rate and best figures of 3/36.

Siraj

Siraj played 15 matches and took 24 wickets while bowling with both the new and old ball. His wickets came at a 4.62 economy rate and a 23.50 average, with the top statistics of 3/29. Siraj has gotten ahead of the pack and stands an excellent chance of winning a spot in India’s WC 15.

Boult

Boult appeared in only six games in 2022, but he had a significant effect in each of them. He took 18 wickets at a spectacular 12.38 average and a miserly economy of 3.98, with the best figures of 4/38. Another year, another remarkable sequence of performances from New Zealand’s reliable seamer.

Zampa

The leggie had his joint-most productive year in ODI cricket, matching his debut year record of 30 wickets. His performance was even more astounding this year because nine of his 12 matches were at home, where circumstances aren’t ideal for spinners.



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