India batsman Suryakumar Yadav was on Thursday named as one of the four candidates for the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2022 award.
Apart from him, England’s left-arm fast bowler is an all-rounder. Sam CurranOff-spin all-rounder Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan have also been nominated for the honour.
Suryakumar had a sensational 2022 in the shortest format of the game, becoming just the second batsman to score over 1000 runs in a year in the format with his 360-degree strokeplay. He ended the year as the highest run-scorer with 1164 runs at an average of 46.56 and a ridiculous strike rate of 187.43.
His tally of 68 sixes in 2022 is the most hit in the format in a year by a reasonable distance. With two hundred and nine half-centuries in the year, Suryakumar was undoubtedly the men’s T20I batsman.
Suryakumar Illuminated the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, scoring 239 runs at an impressive average of 59.75 and a tremendous strike rate of 189.68, including match-tempo-changing fifties against South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands.
In the second T20I against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui, he hit 11 fours and seven sixes all over the park at a strike rate of 217.65, finishing unbeaten on 111 off 51 balls, his second T20I century.
But it was his maiden T20I century against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, with 117 off 55 balls, that caught the eye of cricket fans. From 31/3 in a run chase of 216, Suryakumar lifted India with his outrageous stroke-making, helping the visitors chase down the target. Suryakumar took the team close to an incredible victory.
Zimbabwe’s Raza had a stellar year with the bat and also contributed significantly with the ball in T20Is. A remarkable performance at the T20 World Cup in Australia capped off a memorable year for the Zimbabwean all-rounder.
He scored 735 runs in the year at a strike rate of over 150 and took 25 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 6.13. His standout performance came in Zimbabwe’s surprise victory over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup, taking 3/25 with the ball before being run out on the last ball to give Zimbabwe a one-run victory.
Curran was the player of the tournament in the 2022 T20 World Cup. His bowling shares in T20Is increased this year in the tournament, with his death bowling earning particular praise. With England’s premier fast bowlers missing, Curran made a commendable move to end the World Cup with 13 wickets to his name, second only to Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga.
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His best figures of 5–10 against Afghanistan in the tournament were the first time that an England bowler had taken a five-for in men’s T20Is. The left-arm fast bowler made up for missing the 2021 edition of the tournament due to a back injury by taking three wickets in the final, which proved crucial for England to win their second T20 World Cup title.
In the final against Pakistan in Melbourne, Curran conceded just 12 runs in his four overs and took three wickets. He was also player of the final for his 3/12, his victims being Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Mohammad Nawaz, as Pakistan made just 137 on the board, a total England won with an over to spare.
Rizwan continued with his record-breaking year in T20Is in 2021, scoring 996 runs in the year. He scored 10 half-centuries in 2022 in T20Is and scored 175 runs in the T20 World Cup, the joint-most by a Pakistan batsman. , Averaging 45.27 in T20Is in 2022, Rizwan enhanced his reputation as a high-quality anchor at the top of Pakistan’s batting line-up.
Even in 2022, Rizwan briefly claimed the top spot in the Men’s T20I Player Rankings for batsmen. He ends the year at No. 2 with 836 rating points ahead of India’s Suryakumar.
Rizwan’s best performance came in the home series against England in the build-up to the T20 World Cup, when he scored an unbeaten 88 from just 51 balls to help Pakistan post a target of over 200 without losing a wicket.
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