The 9-member shortlist for the Player of the Tournament for the ongoing 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has now been revealed, with fans given the opportunity to vote for the winner.
The T20 World Cup in Australia saw outstanding performances from players and teams, with many competitions on the wire. After a rollercoaster ride, we finally have the two finalists, Pakistan and England reaching the grand final which will be played on November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Nine outstanding performers have been nominated for the Player of the Tournament shortlist, all of them impressing and winning games for their teams. Players from England and Pakistan dominate the shortlist, with three nominees from the Three Lions while two are among the Men in Green.
Two players from India and one from Zimbabwe and one from Sri Lanka are also on the list of nominees, with fans having the opportunity to vote and decide the winner.
Here we take a look at a list of the 9 nominees and review their performances in the tournament so far, to help you decide the eventual winner.
Virat Kohli (India)
The Indian batting stalwart was key in his side to advance to the semi-finals.
In six games, Kohli recorded 296 carries at a staggering average of 98.66. His points also came in at a decent clip, 136.40 and he currently sits atop the tournament points leaderboards. Kohli has scored four half-centuries in the tournament, with a memorable 82* against Pakistan in India’s win over Pakistan in Melbourne.
Suryakumar Yadav (India)
Suryakumar Yadav was perhaps the most hard-hitting hitter in the tournament for India, playing brilliant shots with some of the most daring shots you would ever see.
Yadav scored 239 points in six matches, with a sensational strike rate of 189.68 points. He also scored three half-centuries, against the Netherlands, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
With his exploits in Australia, Yadav truly heralded his arrival on the big stage, while also becoming the No. 1 ranked hitter in the world on the MRF Tires ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.
Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
Shadab Khan was one of Pakistan’s star performers in their run to the tournament final, featuring both bat and ball. He was a hard-hitting performer, picking up vital wickets down the middle while brilliantly playing the power hitter role down the middle.
Shadab’s major contribution with the bat came in Pakistan’s must-win contest against South Africa in Sydney as he marked a stunning half-century. With the ball he selected 10 wickets in six matches, with best figures of 3/22 and a miserly save of 6.59.
Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Shaheen Afridi has slowly but surely found her groove in the tournament, being back to her best in the last two games. The pacer went wicketless in their first two games but then went to scalp 10 in the next four games as Pakistan came back from the brink to reach the final.
Overall, he has 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 14.20 and an outstanding save of 6.17. Pakistan will again count on him to work their magic in the final against England.
Sam Curran (England)
Sam Curran was England’s death bowling expert in his run to the final. He played exceptionally in the tough overs, whether it was the Powerplay or just at the very end where the batters were looking to play.
In five matches, Curran picked up 10 wickets at 13.60 and a save of 7.28, including a five-wicket run against Afghanistan. He will again play a key role in the final if England are to lift the coveted trophy.
Jos Buttler (England)
The England skipper led from the front in the tournament, giving his teams blistering starts. His partnership with Alex Hales flourished and the pair put India to the sword in the semi-finals in Adelaide.
His captaincy was also brilliant, as was his maintenance behind the stumps. Overall with the bat, Buttler made 199 runs in five games at a healthy 143.16 batting rate, with two half-centuries. It also has eight referrals from behind the stumps.
Alex Hales (England)
Returning to England after Jonny Bairstow was injured before the tournament started, Alex Hales has certainly made his presence felt. He is England’s top scorer, with 211 points in five matches at a strike rate of 148.59 and two half-centuries.
He played one of the shots of the tournament in the semi-final against India, scoring a brilliant unbeaten 86. England will be hoping their brilliant slashing will carry over into the final against Pakistan.
Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
The Zimbabwe talisman continued his incredible run in the shortest format in 2022 during the tournament. He played some vital shots with the bat, while participating in practical overs with the ball.
He scored 219 points in eight matches, with half a century under his belt. Raza was also a game-changer with the ball in the famous win over Pakistan in Perth, scoring 3/25. Overall he picked up 10 wickets in the tournament.
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
The ace spinner was once again Sri Lanka’s talisman with the ball in the tournament, providing them with vital breakthroughs through the middle. Hasaranga is the current leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with 15 wickets in eight matches.
His wickets averaged an astonishing 13.26 and a net save of 6.41, with best figures of 3/8. Hasaranga has a bright chance to now find himself as the leading wicket-taker in back-to-back editions of the tournament, following his 16 wickets in the 2021 edition in the UAE and Oman.