Best ODI XI of 2022. Since the participating nations of the T20 World Cup, 2022 were more focused on the marquee tournament, the 50-over ODI format took a back seat, and many teams like England and India fielded their second-string sides in the ODI matches.
ODI cricket continues to be left in the wilderness amid the amount of T20Is played, the rise in T20 leagues, and Test cricket. Part of the attractiveness of the T20 World Cup 2022 was the battle between bat and ball. This needs to be replicated in the 50 overs ODI cricket where pitches are often flat.
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The likes of Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen, and Quinton de Kock, Australia’s David Warner and Steve Smith, England’s Jonny Bairstow, India’s Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are in the top 10 rankings for batters according to ICC.
The likes of New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Australia’s Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, New Zealand’s Matt Henry, Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, Australia’s Adam Zampa, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman and Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman are in the top 10 rankings for bowlers according to ICC.
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However, all-rounders Sikandar Raza and Mehidy Hasan Miraz shone with their performances in ODIs in 2022 and have been included in the best ODI XI of 2022 along with batters Babar Azam, Shubman Gill, Travis Head, Shreyas Iyer, Tom Latham, Alzarri Joseph, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa and Mohammed Siraj in best ODI XI of 2022.
Best ODI XI of 2022
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
The Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has led from the front in the ODIs this calendar year and scored 679 runs in nine matches averaging 84.88 at a strike rate of 90.77, which includes three centuries. Babar Azam has been rock-solid at the top of the order and held the innings together.
The ace batter’s presence at the crease has allowed stroke makers around him to play with freedom. Babar Azam will certainly make the cut for the best ODI XI of 2022, for hitting 114 and 105* against Australia and 103 against West Indies-3 tons in consecutive ODIs in 2022. He warrants a place in the best ODI XI of 2022.