Marco Jansen of South Africa has been named Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2022 for his exceptional achievements with both the ball and the bat in 2022. While the tall cricketer did not have much of an effect in white-ball cricket, he demonstrated that he is the Proteas’ next big thing in the longest format.
Jansen is presently playing for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the first SA20 2023 tournament. He demonstrated his batting prowess against the MI Cape Town, striking a match-winning 27-ball 66 and clobbered captain and seasoned spinner Rashid Khan for 28 runs in an over.
In white-ball cricket, Marco Jansen only took three wickets. He grabbed two One Day International wickets and one T20I wicket. However, it was in Test cricket that he shined last year, collecting 36 wickets at 19.02 and scoring 234 runs at 21.27.
The towering speedster’s greatest performance came last summer at The Oval Test against England, when he produced a crucial 30 with the bat to assist the Proteas record a respectable total of 118 on the board. Marco Jansen then let the ball do the talking, taking his first five-wicket haul on a good batting surface.
He dismissed the majority of the Three Lions’ batting order, including Alex Lees, Zac Crawley, Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Ben Foakes, to finish with magnificent bowling statistics of 5/35, bundling the hosts out for 158.
The kid was one of the main players that kept South Africa in second place in the ICC WTC rankings for the most of 2022, with to outstanding performances both at home and away red-ball series.
Marco Jansen beat off Arshdeep Singh of India, Finn Allen of New Zealand, and Ibrahim Zadran of Afghanistan to win this coveted honour.