Pakistan need to have had a topsy-turvy 2022 but that didn’t cease their captain and star-batter Babar Azam to retain executing on the top rated of his activity. In spite of owning some mediocre outings across formats in the earlier calendar year, one particular detail that remained specified was his numero uno placement in ODIs that saw him profitable the prestigious ICC Men’s ODI cricketer of the 12 months 2022 for the successive time. In nine ODI matches played very last year, the proper-handed Babar Azam scored 679 operates at an extraordinary regular of 84.87 such as 3 centuries and five fifties.
While England’s Examination captain Ben Stokes is also handed the ICC Men’s Check Cricketer of the Yr 2022 award for his dominant present not only with bat and ball very last year, but also for his captaincy as well. His collaboration with England’s Test coach Brendon McCullum transformed the side’s fortunes immediately after their dismal operate in the whites beneath Root’s leadership before that. In 2022, Stokes scored 870 operates at an ordinary of 36.25 and a strike fee of 71.21, like two centuries. With the ball in hand, he picked up 26 wickets at an normal of 31.19.
As a outcome, Stokes was also named the captain of the ICC Take a look at Staff of the Calendar year 2022 with Babar Azam also incorporated in the identical.
ICC Men’s Check XI of 2022 – Usman Khawaja, Kraigg Brathwaite, Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Lyon, James Anderson.
Babar Azam and Ben Stokes in 2022
For these who adopted Pakistan’s household series versus Australia appreciates what Babar did from the greatest bowling line-up in the entire world. In addition to scoring an outstanding 196 off 425 balls in the 2nd innings of the Karachi Test, Babar’s very best knock of the collection arrived throughout the Lahore ODI – the place he scored his fastest hundred in 73 balls, scoring 114 off 83 balls to aid his workforce chase down a mammoth 348 with one particular about to spare. Even all through the previous sequence of the calendar year towards New Zealand, Babar scored twin fifties in three ODIs, though that did not conclusion in the end result he would have appreciated.
On the other hand, England’s Examination skipper Ben Stokes experienced a wonderful series against South Africa at house the earlier calendar year. His 1st-innings 103 in the second Test was his most effective clearly show with bat although he picked up four wickets in the identical Check – ending the collection with 15 scalps to his name at an average of 15.70.
Stokes’ England group tailored a new ‘Bazball’ approach that took the planet by storm. This tremendous-attacking design of perform appeared to have assisted England revive their Exam cricket as they won all dwelling and absent collection in 2022 – which includes clear sweeping Pakistan in away collection for the initial time.