The International Cricket Council (ICC) today revealed its first individual award winners at the ICC Awards 2022, naming the associate, emerging and respected stars in the T20I category after a global vote conducted among an expert panel of media representatives – the ICC Voting Academy – and fans worldwide who voted for them. Voted favorite stars.
Winners in 13 individual categories are based on overall performance and achievements throughout the calendar year, with the first set of results announced across ICC digital channels.
T20 Cricketer of the Year
T20 Cricketers of the Year Both find themselves at the top of the MRF Tires ICC T20 Player Rankings for batsmen – India’s Suryakumar Yadav claimed the ICC Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Year award, and Australia’s Tahlia McGrath was named the ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year. . .
Yadav showcased his full array of innovative strokeplay in 2022 and his performances at the crease thrilled fans around the world, not least during his remarkable campaign at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Having scored 1,164 runs in a calendar year including magnificent centuries in England and New Zealand, no one has scored more runs in T20 cricket. In fact, he is the only player to cross the 1,000-run milestone in the format, at a strike rate of 187.43.
Reacting to his award win, Yadav said, “It is a great honor to be named the ICC Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Year by the panel, especially after being nominated alongside such a strong list of contenders. I have enjoyed many highlights during the year and another reason for receiving this award is that 2022 has been very special for me, with many positives to look forward to.
“This achievement has only been possible thanks to teammates, coaches, support staff and cricket fans who have helped me on my journey. We have a big year ahead of us in 2023 and I will try to continue this success for my country in every performance.”
ICC Women’s Twenty20 Cricketer of the Year Tahlia McGrath reached the top of the T20I Batter Rankings in December and, despite debuting for Australia in late 2021, her rise to the top has seen plenty of individual and team success. Across several notable performances in the format during the year, he registered 435 runs at an average of 62.14. One of those moments came in her team’s Commonwealth gold-medal campaign in Birmingham, starring with an unbeaten 78 and three wickets against Pakistan – a display that helped her win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for August.
McGrath expressed her joy, commenting “It’s an incredible honor to be named the ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year, especially with so many incredible players around the world taking the game to the next level.
“It’s been a great year for the team in the T20 format, winning the women’s cricket gold medal for the first time at the Commonwealth Games and beating India at home; It’s a really nice way to close it.”
Emerging Cricketer of the Year
Among the wealth of exciting talent emerging in international cricket in 2022, India’s Renuka Singh claimed the ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year from a competitive field and South Africa’s Marco Janssen beat strong contenders to win the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer. year award.
Renuka won his first cap for India in October 2021 and has not looked back since. His traditional threat with the swinging ball helped him claim 40 international wickets during the year – 18 in ODIs and 22 in T20Is. His tours to Sri Lanka and England were particularly fruitful and the former helped him earn his first nomination in the ICC Player of the Month category. She now sits comfortably in the top ten of the ICC Women’s T20 bowler rankings and could be a major weapon in India’s campaign in the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
On winning the award, Renuka commented, “It’s been a dream for me to make my debut for India in late 2021, and being recognized as a leading emerging talent in the women’s game gives me great confidence that I’m on the right track. I’ve been inspired by my teammates and coaches along the way. Great support and I’d like to thank them all for their encouragement over the past 12 months and more.
“It is an honor to know that I have been selected for this award not only by the voting panel but also by fans around the world. I am truly humbled to be named the ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year, and I will use this to propel me and my team forward, not least as we approach the Women’s T20 World Cup next month in South Africa.”
Since making his debut for South Africa in December 2021, Marco Janssen has made a significant impact in international cricket, particularly in the longest format. The athletic left-hander took 36 wickets in eight Test matches in 2022, all of which came against higher-ranked Test sides; Australia, India, England and New Zealand. Apart from his impressive bowling average of 19.02, the 22-year-old also delivered valuable runs in the lower order, underlining his credentials as a promising all-rounder to watch.
Jansen was equally thrilled with his award win, saying, “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. I have worked hard over the past 12 months in both my disciplines, especially my batting, so it is a special honor to be awarded the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year for 2022.
“I would like to thank all the coaches, support staff and my teammates who have helped me develop over the past year and hope I can continue to improve and perform for South Africa in the years to come.
Associate Cricketer of the Year
Two eye-catching performers are celebrating associate accolades at the ICC Awards 2022, as Namibian stalwart Gerhard Erasmus claimed the ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year award and UAE all-rounder Esha Ojha received the ICC Women’s Cricket Associate Cricketer of the Year award. reward
Erasmus became a household name after Namibia’s historic campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021 and he built on that success to have plenty of success in the shorter formats last year. From his captaincy in Namibia’s upset against Sri Lanka in the first T20WC game of 2022, to his match-winning unbeaten 121 against Oman to claim a crucial Cricket World Cup League 2 win, his 2022 has been full of success. Individually, he ended the year as the world’s leading ODI run scorer with 956 runs at an impressive 56.23.
Speaking on his accolade, Erasmus commented, “It is an honor to win the ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year award amongst a growing group of aspiring cricketers. Associate cricket is bringing the level of cricket closer to the higher ranked teams.
“The standard has never been higher, and so I am delighted to have won this award with my on-field performance. A huge credit to our management and my teammates as well.”
Claiming the Women’s Associate award after a brilliant 2022, UAE batting all-rounder Oja scored 675 runs in T20Is in 2022, including two big centuries. Her feat at the crease means the 24-year-old is the second-highest run-getter in the format for the year in women’s international cricket. Not just limited to his batting achievements, Ojha took 15 wickets at 15.40 throughout the year, highlighting his prowess in both the international game.
Reacting to her award win, Oja said, “I feel deeply honored to receive the ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year 2022 award. I was pleasantly surprised and couldn’t believe my ears.
“2022 was a great year for me as a player and for us as a team. It is great to be rewarded for all the hard work and this award also acknowledges the immense inspiration and guidance received from family, teammates, coaches and Emirates Cricket. I will cherish this moment forever and I want to thank everyone who made it possible. I will give my best in the game.”
More personal award announcements
The announcements will conclude on Thursday 26 January with the Umpire of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year and Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year announced on the ICC Digital Channel ahead of the winners of the Rachel Hayhoe Flint Trophy, awarded to women cricketers. of the Year and the Sir Garfield Trophy for the Male Cricketer of the Year. The final announcement will celebrate the winning entries of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Awards.