The ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year recognizes the 11 outstanding players who have impressed everyone, whether with bat, ball or their all-around exploits in 2022.
A look back at the 11 exceptional players who shone in the women’s T20I in 2022.
1. Smriti Mandhana (India)
Indian batting superstar Smriti Mandhana has had a terrific year with the bat, making 594 carries at an average of 33.00 and a strike rate of 133.48. She hit five half-centuries in 21 innings during the year, including one in October’s Asian Women’s Cup final against Sri Lanka.
The unbeaten 51 on just 25 balls came in a 66 chase, with Mandhana making over 70% of the team’s runs. She also made two half centuries at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, helping India win in those two games against Pakistan and England respectively. She finished fourth among the top scorers of the year in the women’s T20I.
2. Beth Mooney (Australia)
Although Mooney only played 14 T20Is in 2022, she was at her best, averaging 56.12 for the year while hitting a 134.43 rate. The top scorer, with 61 of 41, for the Australians in the Commonwealth Games final against India in Birmingham as her side won the gold medal, Mooney carried her form into the Indian series, making two half centuries at the beginning of the bilaterals. under subcontinental conditions.
The fact that she was barely fit to take the field at the start of the Indian series makes her numbers even more incredible.
3. Sophie Devine (c) (New Zealand)
With 389 runs and 13 wickets during the year, Sophie Devine once again established herself above the rest. The New Zealand batter hit a half-century against Australia and England, two of the strongest teams, in back-to-back games at the Commonwealth Games. She finished as the second top scorer behind Mooney in the tournament while winning six wickets with the ball. Devine was New Zealand’s mainstay again that year, topping the charts and finishing with the second most wickets.
4. Ash Gardner (Australia)
Gardner enters this team on the strength of a brilliant 152.11 strike rate on the year over the 216 runs she has made. Averaging 72 in doing so, it is one of the all-time best performances in a year by a hitter in the women’s game.
Replicating Alyssa Healy in 2019 and Rachael Haynes in 2018, Gardner became just the third Women’s T20I player to score 200+ runs in a calendar year in the format while averaging 50+ and hitting at a rate of 150 or more. Gardner only struck seven times and made two half-centuries.
The best of the lot came at the Brabourne Stadium against India, when they took the team 55/3 to 196 with an unbeaten 66 from just 32 balls.
5. Tahila McGrath (Australia)
Averaging over 60 with the bat while taking 13 wickets with the ball in the year in T20Is, it means Tahlia McGrath was a no-brainer in the team of the year.
The versatile Aussie scored 435 runs for the year in T20I, batting an incredible 145.0 with four half-centuries in 11 strokes, one nearly every third of innings.
Her best came at the start of the year against England when she hit an unbeaten 91 from just 49 balls in the Ashes Women’s first T20I after taking 3/26 with the ball earlier in the game, the one of all time. best overall performance in women’s T20I.
6. Nida Dar (Pakistan)
With 15 wickets at an average of 18.33 and a save rate of 5.50 in the T20I in 2022, veteran Pakistani off-spinner Nida Dar has had one of the best bowling years of her career. Dar went wicketless in just three of her 14 T20Is, playing a pivotal role every time she came to bowl. The best all-around player faced India in the Women’s Asian Cup when she hit 56* from 37 balls with the bat before taking 2/23 with the ball to win the player of the match award as the Pakistan picked up a rare victory. on India.
7. Deepti Sharma (India)
The off-spinner took 29 wickets during the year, the third highest of any bowler in the Women’s T20Is. Averaging 18.55 with the ball, Deepti also played at a save rate of just over six, while performing his batting duties quite well.
She made 370 runs for the year with the bat in the T20Is, averaging 37 while batting at a 136.02 rate, considerably higher than her career strike rate of 106.39 in the format. Her 13 wickets in the Women’s Asian Cup in Bangladesh made her the player of the tournament. She set the tone in the final against Sri Lanka, pulling off a miserly 4-0-7-0 spell after taking the ball again.
8. Richa Ghosh (India)
With a strike rate of over 150 in the year, young pistol Richa Ghosh was a standout player for India in the format. In 18 games, the wicket-striker racked up 259 runs, breaking 13 sixes with the bat and showing incredible flair from bottom to top of the order. Her best came at Brabourne against Australia when she broke an unbeaten 40 in just 19 balls to carry India to a good tally.
9. Sophie Ecclestone (England)
With 19 wickets in 17 T20I, the No. 1 ranked T20I spinner in women’s play had another great year in the format. Ecclestone won the Player of the Match award twice in the year – once in the Derby match against South Africa, where she hit 33* from just 12 balls with the bat and then won two wickets , then against India in Bristol when his 3/25 cleared India’s lower middle order.
10. Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka’s orthodox left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera had a spectacular year with the ball, finishing with 27 wickets in 19 T20Is, averaging 13.85 with the ball and conceding runs at a save rate of 5.75.
She won three or more wickets in four of the 19 T20I she played in the year with a best of 4/7 against Bangladesh at Sylhet in the Women’s Asian Cup. His efforts led Sri Lanka to a three-point win over Bangladesh in the game.
11. Renuka Singh (India)
With 22 T20I wickets at an average of 23.95 and a save rate of 6.50, Renuka was an outstanding bowler for his team. One of the nominees for the prestigious ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year award, Renuka has been a hot topic over the year.
Renuka was a thorn in the side of the Australian outfit in all seven T20I meetings of the year, taking eight wickets, and her performances at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Cup show she is no violet in withdrawal in tournaments. She claimed 17 wickets in 11 games, at a saving of just 5.21. Her best came against the Australians, when she produced an emotional 4/18 spell that included 16 point balls.
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