The T20I format is the latest and most fast-paced form of cricket. The followers of the gentlemen's game love and enjoy watching the shortest format.
India won the first-ever T20 World Cup competition in 2007 in South Africa. But since then, the Blues are searching for their second T20 WC title.
Despite organizing the best franchise league tournament worldwide, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the men in blue have not won the title after 2007.
They reached the finals of the 2014 edition and they have been ending the tournament as the semi-finalist as well. Somehow India hasn’t found that groove to lift the title once again and they have not won any ICC title since 2013.
The team did well in the T20 International format series, and India hasn’t lost any T20I format series this year. Under Rohit Sharma, The Blues also won the most matches in 2022.
The men in blue side had played 40 T20 International matches in the year 2022 and also includes the encounters of the Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
They have played these matches in the shortest format against 13 different opposition countries.
The men in blue have won 28 matches in the shortest format this year of 2022. That many wins is also a record for most wins in a calendar year.
India has lost ten T20 International matches while one match was tied and one game was washed out due to the rains.
India will start the new year of 2023 with three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka from 3rd January 2023 in Mumbai.
Hardik Pandya will lead the men in blue side in the T20I series and Rohit Sharma will be back as the skipper for the one-day international series which will be played later in the next month.
Before 2023 starts let us see who the best players for India are in 2022 in the shortest format.
The right-handed middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav has been India’s highest run scorer in the shortest format. The flamboyant batsman has been in rich form in the T20Is. But he hasn’t converted that into the ODI format still.
SKY has scored 1164 runs in just 31 outings of the shortest format in 2022. He has slammed two centuries and nine fifties with an average of 46.56 and a strike rate of 187.43.
The run machine has scored 781 runs in 20 matches and that many innings. He has also slammed a century, which was his maiden one in T20Is that came against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 and he has even scored eight half-centuries this year.
VK had an average of 55.78, which was the highest in 2022 and a strike rate of 138.22. Kohli was also the highest run-getter in the T20 World Cup 2022 as well.
The Indian skipper who hasn’t been included in the T20I series against Sri Lanka was the third-highest scorer for India in the T20Is in 2022.
Hit Man did have a good T20 WC in Australia and that might be the reason why he hasn’t been included in the home series against SL. In 2022, Rohit played 29 matches and 29 innings.
He has scored 656 runs with three half-centuries. Hit Man had a low average of 24.29 and a strike rate of 134.42 in 2022.
The veteran speed star, Bhuvi has got the most wickets in the shortest format this year of 2022. Kumar has been a spearhead of the Indian pace bowling attack when Bumrah wasn't around.
This year, Bhuvi has picked up 36 wickets in 31 innings. He had an average of 19.02 and an economy rate of 6.80. Bhuvneshwar’s best figures were five for four in 2022. We hope that the impactful bowler of this year has a great 2023.
The pace bowler was very impressive in his first-ever ICC tournament. Arshdeep did well in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
In 2022, Arshdeep picked up the second most wickets in the shortest format. He picked up 31 wickets in just 20 innings.
Singh picked up those many scalps with an economy rate of 8.28 and an average of 18.48.
Yuzi didn’t get more opportunities in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. He could have done well in that ICC mega event Down Under.
Chahal has been an impactful bowler in the limited overs format and India missed a trick by not picking him in the playing XI.
Yuzvendra played 20 innings and picked up 23 wickets, which is the third most in 2022. He had an economy rate of 7.71 and an average of 23.30 this year.