Indian captain Rohit Sharma and main strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been named in Wisden’s Top 5 players in the 2022 edition of the Almanack.
Wisden names Joe Root as the leading cricketer in the world
Rohit and Bumrah had a tremendous 2021-22 season in test cricket. These two were the main reason why India gained the advantage of 2-1 over England in their home conditions.
Rohit had an exceptional summer at the top of the order for India, scoring 368 runs in four Tests at an average of 52.57. The India skipper scored a match-defining 127 at The Oval, his first Test century away from home. He solidified his position as the world’s best Test opener.
Bumrah starred for India in their visit to England last summer. Besides his exploits in India’s historic win at Lord’s, he also produced a match-winning spell at The Oval with the latter handing India a 2-1 lead in the series that is to be concluded in July this year.
The other players in Wisden’s list include the likes of New Zealand batter Devon Conway, England pacerOllie Robinson, and Proteas women star Dane van Niekerk. England’s Joe Root has been named the leading cricketer in the world, while South African women’s team batter Lizelle Lee has been awarded the title of leading woman cricketer.
Wisden named Root the leading cricketer of the year after a historic 12 months in which he scored 1,708 Test runs in a calendar year, the third-most in history. Most of his exploits came against India.
Lee was named the leading woman cricketer in the world after a dominant 2021, averaging 90.28 with the bat in ODI cricket, including a spectacular series against India in which she scored 288 runs in four innings.
In T20Is, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has earned the title of leading T20 cricketer in the world. Rizwan’s T20 recognition came after a record-breaking 2021 in which he scored 1,329 runs at 72.88 in 27 T20s that included a century and 11 fifties. By passing 1,000 runs in a calendar year, he also became the first cricketer in the international game to achieve the feat.
• Rohit and Bumrah make it to the top five cricketers in Wisden’s list.
• Wisden names Joe Root as the leading cricketer of the year.