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Suryakumar Yadav has been adjudged the ICC Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Year 2022 after his outstanding performances throughout the year. He scored 1164 runs at an average of 46.56 in 31 T20Is to beat other nominees including Mohammad Rizwan, Sikandar Raja and Sam Curran in the race for the prestigious award.
The Indian batsman dominated the year with two centuries and nine fifties at an astonishing strike rate of 187.43. Suryakumar Was the only cricketer to score over 1000 runs in T20 last year and second to reach the benchmark in a calendar year.
The 32-year-old big-hitter hit 68 sixes in T20Is in 2022, 29 more than West Indies star Rovman Powell’s second-highest sixes. He topped the list of most fours with 106 boundaries and was the only cricketer to hit more than 100 fours in T20Is in 2022.
Suryakumar made his T20I debut in March 2021, but his sharp rise in the ICC T20I batsmen’s charts came after the conclusion of the 2022 Indian Premier League. His first T20I century came against England in June 2022 where he scored 117 runs. A 55 during India’s failed chase at Nottingham and that innings turned Suryakumar’s fortunes as there was no looking back from then on.
He added another century on India’s tour of New Zealand in November and was the third-highest run-scorer at the 2022 World T20 World Cup with 239 runs at a strike rate of 189.68 with three fifties.
His heroics in T20s earned him a place in India’s ODI squad and he has now been named in the red ball squad for the first two Tests against Australia for the upcoming Test series. However, he is Struggle to make a similar impact In ODIs but he continued his red-hot form in India’s first T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2023. He scored a quickfire 51 in the second game at Pune and then scored 112* off 51 balls for his third T20 century at Rajkot.