Tuesday, February 27, 2024

No Pakistani Named in ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2023

The ICC has revealed the T20I Team of the Year 2023, naming Suryakumar Yadav from India as the captain. This recognition is based on outstanding performances in 2023, acknowledging excellence in batting, bowling, or all-round contributions.

Even though Pakistani players are absent, the XI is dominated by Indian cricketers. Alongside captain Suryakumar Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, and Arshdeep Singh secured spots in the team.

Jaiswal, who made his debut in 2022, was chosen as the opener alongside England’s Phil Salt. Jaiswal’s impressive 430 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 159 contributed to his selection. Salt, scoring 331 runs in a T20I series, outshone other top-scoring batters.

Wicket-keeper batter Nicholas Pooran of West Indies claimed the No. 3 spot, with Suryakumar Yadav leading the team as captain. Mark Chapman of New Zealand and Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza occupied the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively.

The lower order featured Uganda’s Alpesh Ramjani and Ireland’s Mark Adair at 7 and 8. Ramjani topped the T20I wickets chart with 55 wickets at an economy of 4.77, while Adair took 26 wickets at an economy of 7.42.

Completing the bowling attack, India’s Ravi Bishnoi, Zimbabwe’s Richard Ngarava, and India’s Arshdeep Singh secured spots. Arshdeep claimed 26 wickets in 21 appearances, Bishnoi claimed 18 wickets, ascending to No.1 on the ICC T20 Bowling Rankings, and Ngarava took 26 wickets in 15 matches, conceding only 5.63 runs per over. This lineup reflects the outstanding performances that defined T20I cricket in 2023.

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