The standard of batting in T20I cricket in 2022 has been very high. It’s largely been helped by the emergence of franchise leagues across the globe, meaning players are now playing a lot more of the format of the game
Here is a look at who has been the leading batters in T20 cricket this year.
Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan tops the ICC T20 batting rankings with a rating of 849. It has been a fantastic year for the 30-year-old as he has consistently scored heavily throughout the calendar for his country.
The ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year for 2021 could be set to land that award again in 2022. Last year, he scored 1326 runs in T20I cricket and but with a strong finish in 2022, there is a good chance he will surpass that tally.
One of the highlights of 2022 so far for Rizwan was his partnership with Babar Azam in a home Two international against England. As the BBC report, the hosts were chasing a total of 200 and the pair guided their country to victory without losing a wicket. The wicket-keeping batsman hit 88 runs in the record-breaking partnership in Karachi.
Rizwan has shown what he is capable of during the 2022 T20 World Cup. He scored 49 from 39 balls in Pakistan’s six-wickets success against the Netherlands. So good is his form, opposition teams know they have a huge wicket when they get the opener out in this format of the game.
Opening batter Devon Conway now plays all three formats of the game for New Zealand, which shows how versatile he. The 31-year-old plays aggressively regardless of whether it is red or white ball cricket.
Conway is currently part of the NZC squad, which is in Australia competing in the 2022 T20 World Cup. As of the 1st of November, they are priced at odds of 7/2 with Betway to win the tournament for the first time in their history. They did get close in 2021, but they had to settle for the runners-up spot after losing to rivals Australia in the final. Conway was forced to miss that game through injury.
As you can read in the Reuters match report, the left-handed batsman got his country off to a great start in their opening game of the Super 12s this year against Australia. He scored an unbeaten 92 in that 89-run success. The Chennai Super Kings man is going to be an important player for the Kiwis as he is full of confidence at the moment.
One of India’s most consistent players in 2022 has been Suryakumar Yadav. He has cemented the number four position in the country’s batting order in T20I cricket over the last 12 months.
Yadav is an attacking player, but he is not reckless. He has shown he can play a controlled innings which often sees him being the man who is around at the end of their 20 overs for India and the Mumbai Indians who retain the player following an impressive IPL campaign in 2021.
As the Telegraph documented, the 32-year-old scored his maiden T20 international century when he made 117 against England at Trent Bridge back in July. It proved to be an excellent tour for Yadav, and he has carried that form into the T20 World Cup in Australia, with his 68 off 40 balls against South Africa highlighting that.
Yadav is likely to be around for many years to come for the BCCI team alongside the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant in all three formats of the game.
Pakistan captain Azam is some distance ahead of the rest of the world in the ODI batting rankings following some strong performances in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ODI Super League. He is also in fourth place in the T20I standings, which goes to show how good of a player he is.
After 94 T20 internationals, Azam averages 42.45 with the bat. His highest score is 122, which came against South Africa in 2021. He went close to bettering that total in that fantastic partnership with Rizwan against England, scoring 110 in the famous win.
Azam is the most successful T20 captain in Pakistan’s history. The ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year for 2021 is arguably in the peak years of his career now, and it is likely he will go on to break many more records for his country before he retires.
All four players will be in contention for several prizes at the 2022 ICC Awards in January 2023.