In a notable announcement on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the Men's T20I Team of the Year, with Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav appointed as the captain. A stellar performer in 2023, Yadav emerged as the leading run-scorer among full-time cricketing nations, amassing 733 runs from 18 matches, including two impressive centuries.
The announcement cements India's strong presence in T20I cricket, showcasing the exceptional performances of its players on the global stage.
Suryakumar Yadav's most recent century, a blazing knock off 56 balls, came against South Africa. Additionally, the T20 sensation achieved a significant milestone by crossing the 2000-run mark in the shortest international form during the concluded year, cementing his status as one of the premier batsmen in T20 cricket.
The other Indians in the prestigious lineup are Ravi Bishnoi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Arshdeep Singh. Apart from them, the ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year includes a diverse set of talents, with Phil Salt, Nicholas Pooran, Mark Chapman, Sikandar Raza, Alpesh Ramjani, Mark Adair, and Richard Ngarava rounding out the impressive squad.
Jaiswal scored a century against Nepal in the Asian Games. Played an unbeaten inning of 84 runs on 51 balls in Florida. He also had explosive innings with his bat in the Australia and South Africa series. Meanwhile, Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi had taken 18 wickets in T20. He also reached number one in the rankings while Ashardip had taken 26 wickets in 21 matches.
On the bowling front, Alpesh Ramjani emerged as the standout performer, claiming the title of the highest wicket-taker of the year. Ramjani's remarkable feat includes an astounding 55 wickets scalped in T20Is throughout the past year. This achievement makes him the first-ever player to register over 50 wickets in a single calendar year in T20 internationals, underscoring his dominance with the ball. Along with this, he also scored 449 runs in 30 matches.
While Sikandar Raza from Zimbabwe is currently one of the greatest all-rounders in T20. Richard Ngarwa of Zimbabwe is also in this team. In 2023, he took 26 wickets at an economy of just 5.63 runs.
ICC Men's T20I team of the year 2023:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Phil Salt, Suryakumar Yadav, Nicholas Pooran, Mark Chapman, Sikandar Raza, Alpesh Ramjani, Mark Adair, Richard Ngarava, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh