International Cricket Council (ICC) have named ODI XI of the year 2022.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam who is number one ranked batter in ICC ODI rankings for batter, has been named as the captain of the playing XI. Babar finished the year scoring 679 runs at a scintillating average of 84.87 including 8 fifty-plus scores.
Travis Head has proved himself a stellar opener for Australia in ODIs post Aaron Finch retirement. Head amassed 550 runs in 2022 at an impressive average of 55 and strike rate of 112. Windies Shai Hope had also performed stupendously in 2022 in ODIs as he scored 709 runs at an average of 35.45.
India’s Shreyas Iyer who was utterly remarkable at the number 4 position in ODIs has also been named in the ICC playing XI. In the 17 appearances, Iyer added 724 runs at an average of 55. Iyer is followed by Kiwi wicket-keeper Tom Latham who was is a promising prospect in the playing XI. Latham scored 558 runs from 15 matches at an average of 55.80 and fantastic strike-rate of 101.27.
Sikandar Raza who aggregated 645 runs at an average of 49.61 and strike rate of 87.16 in 2022 is at number 6 position in the playing XI. Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz who had been brilliant with both bat & ball is also included in the playing XI. He picked up 24 wickets in 15 games at an average of 28.20 as well as scored 330 runs.
Windies Alzarri Joseph is one of the pacers of playing XI as he played 17 matches and scalped 27 wickets at an average of 25.70 and a strike-rate of 33.4. Alzarri is accompanied by India’s pacer Mohammed Siraj who played 15 matches and picked up 24 wickets. His wickets came at an economy of 4.62 and an average of 23.50, with best figures of 3/29.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult have also made his name as one of the pacers in the squad. He scalped 18 wickets at a stunning average of 12.38 and a remarkable economy of 3.98, with best figures of 4/38. Azam Zampa who had been terrific for Australia in ODIs in 2022 is the only leg-spinner in the playing XI taking 30 wickets in 2022 in just 12 appearances.
ICC men’s ODI team of the year:
Babar Azam (C).
Tom Latham (WK).