The ICC Team of the Year honors 11 exceptional players who have excelled with both bat and ball or through all-around performances in a given year. In this article, we will highlight the 11 players who dominated in 2022 and were selected for the 50-over format of men’s cricket.
1). Babar Azam (Captain of ICC ODI Year Team)
Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, once again demonstrated his dominance in the 50-over format, solidifying his position as the top player in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings since July 2021. During the nine matches he played this year, the 28-year-old scored eight times over 50 runs, including three centuries. He ended the year with an impressive 679 runs at an average of 84.87.
It was a remarkable year for Babar as the leader of Pakistan’s ODI team, leading them to victory in three consecutive series. Pakistan was nearly unbeatable in the ODI format, losing only one match (against Australia) out of nine, his leadership skills have made him the captain of the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year for 2022.
2). Travis Head
With former captain Aaron Finch stepping down from the 50-over format, Australia has identified a strong replacement to lead their team at the top of the order. Head, who typically plays as an attacking middle-order batter, successfully adapted to an opener role in ODIs, becoming one of Australia’s most reliable players in the format. It was a noteworthy year for Head, who solidified his spot on the Australian team, scoring 550 runs in 9 games at an average of 68.75. His runs came at a high strike-rate of 112.24, with two centuries and three half-centuries included.
3). Shai Hope
Hope had a standout year in 2022, consistently performing well for the West Indies in the 50-over format. Although he didn’t have a strong start in 2022, Hope’s typical resilience helped him to score runs in the latter half of the year. He ended the year with a total of 709 runs, including three centuries and two half-centuries, with an average of 35.45.
4). Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer established himself as one of India’s most dependable batters in the 50-over format and a key member of their middle-order in 2022. Primarily playing at the number 4 spot, Iyer participated in 17 games during the year and accumulated 724 runs at an average of 55.69. He scored his runs at a quick rate of 91.52, including one century and six half-centuries. As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 approaches, Iyer has outpaced his competition and secured a regular spot in India’s ODI team.
5). Tom Latham (Wicket Keeper)
Tom Latham, known for his solid batting, added a new facet to his game in 2022 by frequently taking on the role of a finisher from the No.5 position. He accumulated 558 runs in 15 matches, with an average of 55.80 and an impressive strike-rate of 101.27. He scored two half-centuries and two centuries, becoming a crucial part of New Zealand’s middle-order. Latham also performed well as a wicketkeeper, making 16 dismissals.
6). Sikandar Raza
In 2022, Zimbabwe made a comeback on the international scene, largely due to the efforts of Sikandar Raza. Raza scored 645 runs at an average of 49.61 and strike rate of 87.16, including two half-centuries and three centuries. He also proved to be dependable with the ball, taking 8 wickets while conceding an average of just over 5 runs per over.
7). Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mehidy Hasan Miraz established himself as one of the most dependable all-rounders in ODI cricket in 2022, thanks to his outstanding performances. While his bowling was as effective as ever, Miraz improved his batting, often rescuing Bangladesh from challenging situations.
He took 24 wickets in 15 games at an average of 28.20, with a best performance of 4/29. He also scored 330 runs at an impressive average of 66, with one century and one half-century.
8). Alzarri Joseph
In 2022, Joseph transformed from a highly-regarded prospect to a dependable bowler for the West Indies. Although he possessed pace, his accuracy was sometimes lacking, but he worked on his shortcomings and became a formidable challenge for batters. He played 17 matches, taking 27 wickets at an average of 25.70 and a strike-rate of 33.4. He was also economical, with an economy rate of 4.61 and best figures of 3/36.
9). Mohammed Siraj
In 2022, Mohammed Siraj’s skills in white-ball cricket, particularly in the 50-over format, greatly improved. With Jasprit Bumrah frequently absent due to injury, Siraj became India’s most effective pace bowler. He performed well with both new and old balls, playing 15 matches and taking 24 wickets. He had an economy rate of 4.62 and an average of 23.50, with best figures of 3/29. With this performance, Siraj has set himself apart from his competition and has a strong chance of being a part of India’s pace attack for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, which will be held in home conditions later this year.
10). Trent Boult
The left-arm pace bowler has been a model of consistency for nearly a decade and 2022 was no exception. Batters continued to have difficulty handling his swing with the new ball and his skills in the middle and death overs. Boult played only six games in 2022, but made a significant impact in them. He took 18 wickets at an impressive average of 12.38 and a stingy economy rate of 3.98, with best figures of 4/38.
11). Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa once again demonstrated why he is an essential part of Australia’s white-ball team, ending the year as Australia’s top wicket-taker in ODI cricket. The leg-spinner had an exceptional year in ODIs, taking 30 wickets, the same number as his debut year in 2016. This accomplishment was even more noteworthy this year as nine out of the 12 matches he played were in home conditions, which are not typically favorable for spin bowlers.