Suryakumar Yadav leads ICC T20I Team of the Year with three other Indians

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced its men’s T20I Team of the Year for 2023, and it is led by none other than India’s flamboyant middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav. He is joined by three other Indians in the team: opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, spinner Ravi Bishnoi, and left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh.

Suryakumar Yadav: A consistent and impactful performer

Suryakumar Yadav has been named the captain of the ICC men’s T20I Team of the Year for the second consecutive time, and he is also a contender for the T20I men’s Cricketer of the Year award. The right-handed strokemaker from Mumbai had a solid 2023, scoring 788 runs in 18 matches at an average of 52.53 and a strike rate of 156.86. He also hit four centuries and three fifties in the year, the most by any batsman in T20Is.

His first innings of just seven to start the year against Sri Lanka was a mere speed bump in another prolific year, as he made scores of 51 (36) and 112 not out (51) in the next two matches. Consistent scoring in 20s to 40s continued, before an innings of 83 (44) against the West Indies in Providence proved his class. He ended the series against the West Indies with a knock of 61 (45) in Florida.

Suryakumar also became India captain with Rohit Sharma taking a break in the back end of the year. He made half-centuries against Australia (80 off 42 balls) and South Africa (56 from 36 balls), before posting a 100 against the Proteas off just 56 balls in their final T20I of the year in Johannesburg. He also led India to series wins over Australia and South Africa, and a 2-2 draw against the West Indies.

Yashasvi Jaiswal: A young and fearless opener

Yashasvi Jaiswal is the other Indian batsman in the ICC T20I Team of the Year, and he has been paired with England’s Phil Salt as the opening duo. Jaiswal, who made his T20I debut in 2023, impressed everyone with his aggressive and fearless batting at the top of the order. He scored 512 runs in 15 matches at an average of 34.13 and a strike rate of 144.63. He also hit two centuries and two fifties in the year, becoming the youngest Indian to score a T20I hundred.

Suryakumar Yadav leads ICC T20

Jaiswal announced his arrival on the big stage with a blistering 103 off 57 balls against Sri Lanka in Colombo, which helped India chase down 202 in 18.4 overs. He followed it up with another ton against the West Indies in Florida, smashing 101 off 62 balls. He also made 50 off 28 balls against Australia in Sydney, and 58 off 31 balls against South Africa in Centurion.

Ravi Bishnoi: A crafty and economical spinner

Ravi Bishnoi is the lone spinner in the ICC T20I Team of the Year, and he has been a revelation for India in the shortest format. The leg-spinner, who also made his T20I debut in 2023, took 24 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 16.50 and an economy rate of 6.37. He also had two four-wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul in the year, becoming the first Indian to take a T20I fifer.

Bishnoi’s best performance came against Australia in Melbourne, where he took 5 for 15 in four overs, helping India bowl out the hosts for 108 and win by 80 runs. He also took 4 for 21 against Sri Lanka in Colombo, and 4 for 23 against South Africa in Johannesburg. He was also very effective in containing the run flow, conceding less than six runs per over in nine out of 16 matches.

Arshdeep Singh: A skillful and versatile pacer

Arshdeep Singh is the third Indian bowler in the ICC T20I Team of the Year, and he has been a vital cog in India’s pace attack. The left-arm pacer, who also made his T20I debut in 2023, took 22 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 18.86 and an economy rate of 7.54. He also had two four-wicket hauls and one three-wicket haul in the year, showing his ability to strike at crucial moments.

Arshdeep’s best performance came against the West Indies in Providence, where he took 4 for 18 in four overs, helping India defend 167 and win by 16 runs. He also took 4 for 25 against Australia in Sydney, and 3 for 28 against South Africa in Centurion. He was also very versatile in his role, bowling in the powerplay, the middle overs, and the death overs, depending on the situation.

The rest of the team

The rest of the ICC T20I Team of the Year consists of players from different countries, who have also excelled in the shortest format. They are:

  • Nicholas Pooran (West Indies): The wicket-keeper batsman scored 589 runs in 19 matches at an average of 36.81 and a strike rate of 153.38. He also hit four fifties and 37 sixes in the year, the most by any batsman in T20Is.
  • Mark Chapman (New Zealand): The left-handed batsman scored 465 runs in 14 matches at an average of 42.27 and a strike rate of 156.75. He also hit three fifties and one hundred in the year, becoming the first New Zealander to score a T20I century.
  • Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe): The all-rounder scored 312 runs in 12 matches at an average of 31.20 and a strike rate of 144.44. He also took 15 wickets at an average of 19.66 and an economy rate of 7.83. He also hit two fifties and one four-wicket haul in the year.
  • Alpesh Ramjani (Uganda): The all-rounder scored 287 runs in 10 matches at an average of 35.87 and a strike rate of 161.24. He also took 14 wickets at an average of 14.07 and an economy rate of 6.83. He also hit two fifties and one three-wicket haul in the year.
  • Mark Adair (Ireland): The right-arm pacer took 25 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 15.76 and an economy rate of 7.88. He also had two four-wicket hauls and one three-wicket haul in the year. He also scored 118 runs at a strike rate of 147.50.
  • Richard Ngarava (Zimbabwe): The left-arm pacer took 23 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 14.56 and an economy rate of 6.91. He also had one four-wicket haul and two three-wicket hauls in the year. He also scored 41 runs at a strike rate of 151.85.

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