The cricketing action in 2022 was dotted with several memorable and exciting encounters. Every single nation had some notable performance or the other and we were treated to some enticing action.
With several Test matches, ODI encounters and T20I games being played in a full-fledged manner, we witnessed some exemplary performances from the individual players. The Asia Cup 2022 and the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 were two marquee multi-nation tournaments that hogged the limelight and were the highlights of the year 2022.
In this article, we take a look at the top 5 performances in 2022 that everyone in a state of shock!
1. Virat Kohli’s unreal knock of 82*(53)
Playing against their arch-rivals Pakistan, India was in a spot of bother during their run-chase in their first game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. When India kept losing wickets from one end, Virat Kohli stood there like a rock and guided India to victory. India was reeling at 31-4 and then Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya stitched a stupendous partnership of 113 runs. Virat Kohli took on the bowlers head-on and sent the bowlers into a nightmare. His two sixes off Haris Rauf in the last and second-last ball of the 19th over tilted the course of the match to India’s favour.
2. SuryaKumar Yadav’s herculean knock of 117(55)
Finishing as India’s highest run-getter in the T20I format with 1164 runs, SuryaKumar Yadav’s stocks have significantly risen in the T20I format. His exceptional knock of 117(55) against England in the 3rd and final T20I in their home turf, is rated as one of the best performances in the shortest format of international cricket. Even though Yadav smashed 14 fours and 6 sixes, his knock was not enough as India suffered a loss against the Three Lions in this game.
3. Wanindu Hasaranga’s wily bowling in the Asia Cup 2022 final
The high-voltage final of the Asia Cup 2022 witnessed a spectacular performance from the bowling all-rounder of Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga. The 25-year-old spun a web and bamboozled all the batters of Pakistan. His important scalp of Mohammad Rizwan made sure Sri Lanka press the break on the Pakistani innings. Wanindu Hasaranga had bagged 3 wickets in that final and had a good economy rate of 6.80.
4. Bangladesh’s shocking win against New Zealand in the 1st Test
Bangladesh etched their names in the history books as they registered their first victory against New Zealand in their own soil. The Tigers won the game by 8 wickets and stunned the entire cricketing world. Ebadot Hossain was adjudged the player of the game for bagging 7 wickets.
5. Jasprit Bumrah smashing 29 runs in a single over in a Test match
Jasprit Bumrah initiated his beast mode as he smashed 29 runs against England in the 5th Test match between India and England. The Indian skipper bludgeoned Broad all across the park and the English bowler ended up conceding 35 runs in the over. This included 5 wides and a no-ball.
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