Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj
Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj (Image Credits: Twitter)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2022 on Tuesday, January 24. They impressed fans with their batting, bowling, and all-round performances in 2022 in the 50-over format. Middle-order batsman Sheas Iyer and fast bowler Mohammad Siraj are the only Indians included in this list.

The ICC Men’s Team of the Year in ODIs includes two each from India, Australia, New Zealand, and the West Indies, as well as one each from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, who won three series out of three last year, has been named the captain of the team. Pakistan have been unbeaten in the ODI format, losing just one match against Australia out of nine matches.

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Mens ODI Team of the Year
Mens ODI Team of the Year

Babar Azam and Travis Head were selected as openers in the team. Babar, the No. 1 batsman in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings since July 2021, scored 679 runs in 9 innings at an impressive average of 84.87, including three centuries and five half-centuries. The Australian batter batted brilliantly as the opener in ODIs, scoring 550 runs from nine games with an average of 68.75 and a strike rate of 112.24 with two centuries and three fifties.

Shreyas Iyer (Getty Images)
Shreyas Iyer (Getty Images)

Shai Hope, Shreyas Iyer, and Tom Latham were named as the middle-order batsmen. Hope finished the year with 709 runs, including three hundreds and two fifties, at an average of 35.45. Iyer was India’s most consistent batter in the 50-over format and scored 724 runs at an average of 55.69 at a strike rate of 91.52, including one century and six fifties. Latham, who is a vital cog of the New Zealand middle order, scored 558 runs from 15 matches at an average of 55.80 and a strike rate of 101.27, including two centuries and two fifties.

Sikandar Raza and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were named as all-rounders in the squad. Raza excelled with both bat and ball for Zimbabwe, scoring 645 runs at an average of 49.61 and taking eight wickets with two fifties and three centuries at a strike rate of 87.16.

Mehidy scored his maiden ODI century against India and scored 330 runs at an impressive average of 66 with one century and one half-century. He took 24 wickets in 15 games at an average of 28.20, with a best of 4/29.

Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)
Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)

Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Siraj, Trent Boult, and Azam Zampa were selected as bowlers in the team. Joseph took 27 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 25.70 and a strike rate of 33.4, with an economy rate of 4.61 and best figures of 3/36.

Siraj was India’s best bowler in ODIs and gave regular break-throughs with both the new ball and old ball. He took 24 wickets in 15 matches with best figures of 3/29 at an economy of 4.62 and an average of 23.50.

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult made an impact with the ball in just six games in 2022. The left-arm pacer took 18 wickets with a 12.38 average, an economy rate of 3.98, and best figures of 4/38. Adam Zampa finished with the most wickets for Australia last year. The leggie matched his total from his debut season in 2016 by taking 30 wickets in 12 games.

ICC Men’s ODI Team Of The Year 2022:

Babar Azam (c), Travis Head, Shai Hope, Shreyas Iyer, Tom Latham (wk), Sikandar Raza, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Siraj, Trent Boult, Azam Zampa.

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