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Jos Buttler captains ICC’s men’s T20I Team of the Year for 2022

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

The International Cricket Council has named their men’s and women’s T20I teams for 2022, with Jos Buttler and Sophie Devine leading the respective sides.

India players dominated both teams, with three men’s players and four women’s stars making the XIs, the highest representation among all countries.

Buttler is the wicketkeeper of the men’s side that also features his England T20 World Cup-winning teammate Sam Curran. Buttler, who was named the skipper of the national team after Eoin Morgan stepped down in June 2022, had a stellar run with the bat in 2022, making 462 runs at a strike rate of 160.41.


He is partnered at the top of the order with Mohammad Rizwan, who made 10 fifties in 2022 to total 996 runs in the year. He was Pakistan’s top run-scorer in the T20 World Cup, ending with 175 runs in a runners-up finish for the team.

The middle order is India-heavy with Virat Kohli, who ended his century drought with a T20I ton against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, making the cut. Kohli went on to play what has been hailed by many as the best T20I innings ever against Pakistan at the MCG, scoring 82* in a come-from-behind win. Suryakumar Yadav’s stocks in the format saw a rapid rise as he top-scored in 2022, with 1,164 runs notching two hundreds and nine fifties and scoring at a strike rate of nearing 188. Hardik Pandya is slotted at No.7 and is enlisted as one of the seam-bowling all-rounders for scoring 607 runs and picking up 20 scalps.

READ: Wisden’s men’s T20I team of the year for 2022

Glenn Phillips and Sikandar Raza occupy Nos.5 and 6, respectively. The New Zealand batter made 716 runs in 2022 along with a century against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, while Raza won three Player of the Match awards during the edition. He made 735 runs in 2022 and picked up 25 wickets.

Curran, who was the Player of the Final and Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup, also makes the cut along with Wanindu Hasaranga, whose heroics helped Sri Lanka win the Asia Cup. He also grabbed 15 wickets in the T20 World Cup.

The bowling attack is complete with Haris Rauf, who grabbed 31 wickets, and Josh Little, whose 39 scalps helped him bank an IPL deal for 2023 and become the first Ireland signing in the competition.

ICC men’s T20 Team of 2022: Jos Buttler (c/wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Glenn Phillips, Sikandar Raza, Hardik Pandya, Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, Haris Rauf, Josh Little

Devine captains the ICC women’s Team of 2022

New Zealand’s Devine had a stellar 2022, scoring 389 runs and picking up 13 wickets in 2022. She leads a side that has Smriti Mandhana and Beth Mooney as openers, with Devine batting at No.3. Ash Gardner and Tahlia McGrath were the architects behind Australia’s successful run in 2022, which saw them lose only one game, to India.

READ: Wisden’s women’s T20I Team of the Year for 2022

Richa Ghosh, who made an unbeaten 26 in only 13 balls in that game, is the wicketkeeper of the team while her teammates Deepti Sharma, who made 370 runs and picked up 29 wickets, and Renuka Singh also make the cut. Renuka made her debut in 2022 and emerged as the star of the Commonwealth Games, with 11 wickets, including 4-18 against Australia.

Nida Dar, Sophie Ecclestone and Sri Lanka spinner Inoka Ranaweera round up the XI.

ICC women’s T20I Team of 2022: Smriti Mandhana, Beth Mooney, Sophie Devine (c), Ash Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Nida Dar, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Inoka Ranaweera, Renuka Singh

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