The year 2022 has officially came to its end and it will be remembered many reasons. There were some really good matches, especially the T20I cricket due to the T20 World Cup 2022.
The year 2022 was all about the T20 cricket. The IPL 2022 was special as debutant Gujarat Titans won the IPL 2022 while England displayed its true power in the shortest format of the game to win the coveted Trophy.
T20 matches, the year 2022 saw some really great moments. Ireland shown in the T20 World Cup 2022 and their pacer Josh Little made a name for himself. Virat Kohli returned to form as he scored his first international century in 3 years and many more moments. The associate nations also stepped up their performance.
Meanwhile, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra hailed the transformation that Virat went through. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra rated the top five T20I batters in 2022 and gave Virat 3rd position in his top-5 list. Considering the stats in 2022 and his own analysis, Chopra ranked the top-5 batters as Suryakumar Yadav(India), Mohammad Rizwan(Pakistan), Virat Kohli(India), Sikander Raza(Zimbabwe), and Devon Conway(New Zealand).
“However, by the end of 2022, he has turned things around in remarkable fashion. In T20Is this year, Kohli has scored 781 runs in 20 matches at an average of 55.78 with a strike rate of 138.23. He was outstanding during the T20 World Cup. The pitches were quite challenging against Pakistan and England during the World Cup, but he still managed to score,” he added.
However, Chopra didn’t include Babar Azam in the top five list despite him being the fifth highest run-getter in T20Is in 2022. He also informed the viewers about the logic behind it.
“Going by the stats, Babar Azam should be the No.5 but I am not including him in my list. He has scored 735 runs in 26 matches and his average is only 32 and strike rate merely 123. Sorry! but I can’t take him in my team. I am including Devon Conway’s name instead at his place. Conway’s numbers in T20Is in 2022 are unbelievable, had he played more matches in the format this year, he would have overtaken SKY(Suryakumar Yadav) to claim the top position,” said Chopra.