5 Players Who Deserve ICC Player Of The Year Award

Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav
Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo: Twitter)

5 Players Who Deserve ICC Player Of The Year Award.  The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new program that would see them honor the ‘Player of the Month’ across both male and female cricketers. Fans would also have the opportunity to cast their votes but the majority of the votes will be cast by the ICC Voting Academy, consisting of former players, broadcasters, and journalists from around the world.

Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler (Photo- BCCI)
Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler (Photo- BCCI)

The likes of Keegan Petersen (South Africa, January 2022), Shreyas Iyer (India, February 2022), Babar Azam (Pakistan, March 2022), Keshav Maharaj (South Africa, April 2022), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka, May 2022), Jonny Bairstow (England, June 2022),  Prabath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka, July 2022),  Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe, August 2022),  Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan, September 2022), Virat Kohli (India, October 2022) and Jos Buttler (England, November 2022) have been awarded ‘Player of the Month’  in this year.

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The ICC Awards are an annual set of sports awards for international cricket, which recognize and honor the best international cricket players of the previous 12 months. The awards were introduced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004. Between 2009 and 2014 the awards were known, for sponsorship reasons, as the LG ICC Awards.

Shaheen Shah Afridi with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player of the Year Award 2021 (Photo-: ishaheenafridi10 / IG)
Shaheen Shah Afridi with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player of the Year Award 2021 (Photo-: ishaheenafridi10 / IG)

Rahul Dravid (2004), Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff (2005), Ricky Ponting (2006, 2007), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson (2009), Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Jonathan Trott (2011), Kumar Sangakkara (2012), Michael Clarke (2013), Mitchell Johnson (2014), Steve Smith (2015), Ravichandran Ashwin (2016), Virat Kohli (2017, 2018), Ben Stokes (2019) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2021) have won the ICC Player of the Year Award in previous years. Below are 5 players who deserve the ICC Player of the Year Award in 2022.

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5 Players Who Deserve ICC Player Of The Year Award

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli has been at his prolific best this calendar year and scored 781 runs in 20 T20Is at a strike rate of 138.23, which includes his maiden T20I century. The 34-year-old has held the innings together and allowed other stroke makers to play with freedom and deserves the ICC Player of the Year Award.

The Indian batting maestro was at his vintage best at the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia as he top-scored with 296 runs in six games at a strike rate of 136.40. In India’s T20 World Cup 2022 opener against arch-rivals Pakistan, Virat Kohli played an innings of a lifetime, scoring 82* runs in 53 deliveries to take his team across the line.

He accumulated 276 runs in 5 T20Is at an average of 92, including his first T20I ton (122*) against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2022. He scored 296 runs in 6 T20Is, averaged 98.67, and was the top run-getter in the T20 World Cup in 2022. He deserves the ICC Player of the Year Award 2022. He had also scored 302 runs in 11 ODIs averaging 27.45 and 240 runs in 5 Tests averaging 30.

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