2022 ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year: Babar Azam named captain; THESE two Indians are on the list

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled the 2022 Men’s ODI Team of the Year on Tuesday, featuring Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer and pacer Mohammed Siraj.

The team, led by Babar Azam from Pakistan, consists of two Indian, two New Zealand, two West Indian, two Australian, one Zimbabwean, one Pakistani and one Bangladeshi player. The ICC Team of the Year recognizes eleven outstanding individuals who have excelled throughout the year in all aspects of the game from batting to bowling to all-around performance.

Babar Azam (c) – Pakistan

Pakistan captain Babar Azam again demonstrated his prowess in the 50-over format, reaffirming why he is the undisputed leader of the MRF Tires ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings since July 2021.

It was a remarkable year for Babar as captain of the Pakistan ODI team, winning three series out of three. Pakistan were virtually unstoppable in the ODI format, losing just one match out of nine (against Australia). His exemplary leadership skills have earned him the honor of captaining the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year for 2022.

Travis Head – Australia

With former skipper Aaron Finch retired from the Over-50s format, Australia has already identified its long-term successor at the top of the order.

Usually an attacking mid-order batsman, Travis Head brilliantly reinvented himself as an opener in ODIs, becoming one of Australia’s most consistent batsmen in the format. It was a year to remember for Head, who quickly established himself as a mainstay of the Australian team sheet, putting up an impressive 550 runs from nine matches at an average of 68.75.

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Shai Hope – West Indies

Hope had an exceptional year in 2022, consistently performing at his best for the West Indies in the Over-50s format. Although Hope got off to a slow start, he quickly started scoring points in the second half of the year. He ended the year with an impressive 709 runs, including three centuries and two fifties, at an average of 35.45.

Shreyas Iyer – India

Shreyas Iyer rose to prominence in 2022, cementing his place as one of India’s most reliable batsmen in the 50-over format and becoming the cornerstone of their middle order. Mainly occupying the No. 4 spot, Iyer played 17 matches throughout the year, amassing 724 runs at an impressive average of 55.69, with a strike rate of 91.52. His impressive tally included a century and six half-centuries making him a prime candidate for selection in the Indian ODI squad ahead of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Tom Latham (wk) – New Zealand

Often regarded as a reliable hitter, Tom Latham added a new dimension to his game in 2022, often playing the role of a finisher from the number 5 position. He was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 558 runs from 15 matches at an impressive average of 55.80 and a blistering strike rate of 101.27. Noting two fifties and two centuries in the year, he became an integral part of the New Zealand middle order. Latham was also a reliable presence behind the stumps, with 16 dismissals.

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Sikandar Raza-Zimbabwe

In 2022, Zimbabwe experienced a resurgence on the international scene, largely due to the efforts of Sikandar Raza. Raza was a force to be reckoned with, with 645 runs at an impressive average of 49.61 and a strike rate of 87.16. He recorded two fifties and three centuries, cementing his position as a major contributor to Zimbabwe’s success.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz – Bangladesh

In 2022, Mehidy Hasan Miraz cemented his status as one of the most reliable all-rounders in ODI cricket with a string of impressive performances. His bowling was as effective as ever, while his hitting improved significantly, often saving Bangladesh from difficult situations. Miraz took 24 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 28.20, with a best performance of 4/29. In addition, he scored 330 runs at an impressive average of 66, including a century and a fifty.

Alzarri Joseph – West Indies

In 17 matches, Joseph took 27 wickets at an average of 25.70 and a strike rate of 33.4. He was also frugal, with an economy rate of 4.61, and his best grades of 3/36. His impressive performances earned him the respect of his peers and the admiration of cricket fans around the world.

Mohammed Siraj India

Mohammed Siraj’s white-ball cricketing skills, particularly in the 50-over format, saw a notable improvement in 2022. With Jasprit Bumrah often absent due to injury, Siraj became the most reliable member of the Indian pace attack.

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In 15 matches, Siraj took 24 wickets at an impressive economic rate of 4.62 and an average of 23.50, with best figures of 3/29. His consistent performance was a major factor in India’s success in the Over-50s format.

Trent Boult – New Zealand

The pacemaker for the left arm has been a steadfast consistency for nearly a decade, and 2022 was no exception. Batsmen found it difficult to counter his swing with the new ball, and even more challenging to face it due to his prowess in the middle and dead overs. Boult played just six games in 2022, but his impact was huge. He took 18 wickets at an impressive average of 12.38 and a miserly economy of 3.98, with his best figures of 4/38.

Adam Zampa – Australia

Adam Zampa continued to demonstrate why he has been such an integral part of Australia’s white-ball line-up, finishing the year as the top wicket-taker for his country in ODI cricket. The leg-spinner enjoyed his most successful year in ODI cricket, equaling his impressive 30 wickets from his debut year in 2016. His performance this year was even more remarkable as nine of the 12 matches he played were at home, where conditions are generally not conducive to spin bowling.

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