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ICC Recognizes India’s ODI Talent with Two Players Named in 2022 Team of the Year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced its Men’s ODI Team of the Year for 2022, and for the first time in a year, two Indian cricketers have made the cut. Indian batter Shreyas Iyer and pacer Mohammed Siraj have been included in the team after impressive performances throughout the year, while other notable Indian cricketers such as Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal missed the team.

Pakistan’s star batter Babar Azam has been named captain for the second consecutive year, leading the top eleven cricketers who dominated ODIs in the year 2022. Babar played in all nine of Pakistan’s ODIs in 2022, scoring 679 runs at an average of 84.87 and leading Pakistan to eight wins. However, despite losing just one ODI match in 2022, no other Pakistani cricketer made the team.

Bangladesh’s bowling all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz also made it to the team, but there were no players from England, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. West Indies struggled for results last year, but Alzarri Joseph and Shai Hope have been included in the team after impressive individual performances.

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who was the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2022 with 30 wickets from 12 innings, has been included in the team alongside Australian opener Travis Head. New Zealand’s star pacer Trent Boult played just six ODIs in 2022 but surprisingly took 18 wickets to make it to the team.

Shreyas Iyer was the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2022 with 724 runs from 15 innings at an average of 55.69 and a strike rate of 91.52 with the help of one hundred and six fifties. He was India’s leading run-scorer across formats in 2022 despite missing the 2022 Asia Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup. In-form pacer Mohammed Siraj has been India’s best bowler in white-ball cricket lately, taking 24 wickets from just 15 ODI innings in 2022 at an average of 23.50 and an economy rate of 4.62. With Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami struggling with injuries, Siraj has emerged as India’s key pacer across formats lately.

The ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year – 

Babar Azam (Pakistan & Captain), Travis Head (Australia), Shai Hope (West Indies), Shreyas Iyer (India), Tom Latham (New Zealand and WK), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh), Alzarri Joseph (West Indies), Mohammed Siraj (India), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Adam Zampa (Australia)