Top 10 cricketers in 2022
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Some players can do wonders with a bat or ball in their hands. They can change the course of a cricket match on the 22-yard wicket. Here we aim to make a list of 10 such wonderful cricketers.

If you are a passionate lover of this game of gentlemen, love to analyze cricket stats, you are at the right place. We have broadly analyzed and prepared a list of the top 10 cricketers in 2022.

According to the ratings of ICC, and deep analysis by the Surprise Sports experts, the list of top 10  cricketers in 2022 is as follows.

Short List:

Number Name Player Type Format Ranking Points
1 Babar Azam Batsman ODI and T20 1st 873 and 805
2 Virat Kohli Batsman ODI 2nd 811
3 Rohit Sharma Batsman ODI 3rd 791
4 Aaron Finch Batsman ODI and T20 5th and 6th 779 and 679
5 Shakib Al Hasan All Rounder ODI and T20 1st and 2nd 400 and 232
6 Moeen Ali All Rounder T20 3rd 205
7 Tabraiz Shamsi Bowler T20 1st 784
8 Trent Boult Bowler ODI 1st 737
9 Rashid Khan Bowler T20 5th 714
10 Josh Hazlewood Bowler ODI and T20 2nd 709 and 752

These top 10 cricketers are masters of what they do on the ground. All the franchisers around the world are craving to get them in their teams for obvious reasons. Rightly so, they can turn the game on its head in a good game of cricket.

Top 10 Cricketers in 2022

Here in this section, we will focus on the individual players, their careers, records, and stats. Hopefully, after going through it, you can get an idea about these players’ overall game, who’s going to hit the most number of 4s and 6s, take more wickets, and score more runs in an intense game.

#1 Babar Azam

Mohammad Babar Azam is a masterclass right-hand batsman of the Pakistan national cricket team. He has already written his name among the legends of Pakistan cricket. This dependable batter is already at the 3rd position in the list of most ODI hundreds for Pakistan cricket, having 14 ODI hundreds in his basket in just 83 matches. As sweet as it gets, Babar Azam holds the position of Rank 1 batter in ICC rankings in both ODI and T20 formats.

Who is Babar Azam?

Babar Azam, the wonderkid of Punjab, Lahore, was born in 1994. He participated in two Under-19 World Cups, in 2010 and 2012, and scored the most number of runs for the Pakistan team. Babar, the cousin of the Akmal Brothers, made his first appearance in international cricket for the senior team in an ODI series against Zimbabwe, in 2015.

In 2016, Babar showed his true stature as a cricketer to the World when he scored 3 back-to-back ODI hundreds in 3 matches against West Indies. For this achievement, he holds the 2nd position in the record-book of most consecutive ODI hundreds in International cricket.

This solid and dependable top-order batter was appointed as the captain of Pakistan in 2019, for both T20 and ODI formats. He has become the most popular batter in Pakistan by far, nowadays. He is famous in Pakistan for his magnificent match-winning hundred against New Zealand in the 2019 ODI World Cup. This batter holds the 2nd position of the record of fastest 2000 runs getter in ODI cricket, in 45 innings, just behind Hashim Amla. Azam also holds the record of fastest 2500 runs getter in T20, in just 62 innings.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2015-2022 2016-2022 2016-2022
Matches 83 73 40
Innings 81 68 70
Runs 3985 2620 2796
Average 56.92 45.17 45.83
Strike Rate 89.57 129.12 53.80
100s 14 1 6
50s 17 25 20
4s 360 272 329
6s 41 40 14

#2 Virat Kohli

The number 2 player in our list of top 10 cricketers in 2022 is Virat Kohli. This Indian masterclass top-order batter is one of the most complete players in the history of world cricket. His eye-appetizing cover drives are absolutely wonderful to watch. He is a model athlete and cricketer for all the youngsters to follow.

Who is Virat Kohli?

Virat Kohli, the run-machine and a blessing for Indian cricket was born in 1988, in Delhi, India. This right-hand batter makes the game look easy by scoring runs all around the ground. He is solid in his stroke play, choosing the safest possible options to score runs. By his mastery with the bat in his hands, he is the fittest successor of the legend of Sachin Tendulkar. Unsurprisingly, Kohli holds the 2nd position as a Batsman, in the ICC ODI Rankings 2022, only behind Babar Azam.

Kohli showed class in his early career. He captained the Under-19 World Cup-winning team in his youth, started his International career in the senior team in 2008, against Sri Lanka. This run-machine broke records after records in his career. Virat Kohli captained the magnificent Indian national cricket team between 2013 to 2022, in all three formats. He is regarded as the most successful test captain in the history of Indian Cricket.

In his career till 2022, this right-hand ace batter has hit 43 ODI hundreds in 260 matches, becoming a solid threat to Tendulkar’s world record of 49 ODI hundreds. He also has a mammoth 27 test hundreds under his helmet. Kohli holds the world record of fastest to reach 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, and 12000 runs in ODI cricket. He took only 242 innings to reach the mark of 12000 ODI runs, which is second to none. He is the most difficult batsman to dismiss in T20I cricket, holding the world record batting average of 51.50 in T20I games.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2008-2022 2010-2022 2011-2022
Matches 260 97 101
Innings 251 89 171
Runs 12311 3296 8043
Average 58.07 51.50 49.95
Strike Rate 92.92 137.67 55.69
100s 43 27
50s 64 30 28
4s 1153 298 904
6s 125 92 24
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#3 Rohit Sharma

We cannot but include another right-handed run machine, Rohit Sharma, in our list of top 10 cricketers in 2022. The full name of this dependable Indian opener is Rohit Gurunath Sharma, born in 1987, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Rohit started his International cricket career in 2007.

He makes his mark in the Indian team as a top-order batsman who can play the ball all around the ground, equally expert in keeping the head cool and hitting the ball out of the ground. His uprising began when he was promoted to open the innings for the blues in 2012. With risk-free stroke playing and ever-accelerating batting performance, Rohit made his position permanent as an opener. He has been continuing to open Indian innings till today, alongside partners like KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

Rohit Sharma has made it a tradition to stay on the 22-yard wicket for all 50 overs in an ODI match. He is the first and last ever player to score 3 double-hundreds in 50-over cricket, two against Sri Lanka and one against Australia. He holds the world record of the most hundred scorers in an ODI World Cup, smashing 5 hundred in the 2019 ODI World Cup. This incredible ball-hitter is currently holding the 3rd position as a Batsman in ODI ICC Rankings.

This run machine is also well-renowned as a deep thinker of the game. He is the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League, leading Mumbai Indians to be the only team to win the title 5 times, till the 2020 season.

International Career of Rohit Sharma

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2007-2022 2007-2022 2013-2022
Matches 230 125 45
Innings 223 117 77
Runs 9283 3313 3137
Average 48.60 32.48 46.13
Strike Rate 89.01 139.55 55.76
100s 29 4 8
50s 44 26 14
4s 845 293 335
6s 245 155 64

#4 Aaron Finch

In limited over cricket, Aaron Finch is one of the best cricketers nowadays. He is well-renowned for his big-hitting ability and aggressive batting style up the order. This right-hand opener always gets the freedom to take on the bowlers during the batting powerplay, scoring runs quickly, giving the team a head start.

Who is Aaron Finch?

This right-handed monster striker was born in 1986, in Colac, Victoria, Australia. He is undoubtedly one of the top cricketers in 2022 in a white ball game. Finch has been the skipper of Australia in both ODI and T20I formats since 2018.

This Aussie opener got his debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2013. Before that, he started his International career in T20I against England, in 2011. Finch was a great contributor in their 2015 winning campaign of the ODI World Cup, starting with a massive hundred against England. His calculated batting and a precious half-century led the Aussies to beat India in the semi-finals of the 2015 ODI World Cup. In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he opened the innings for the Aussies alongside David Warner, scoring a magnificent 100 against England and a high-flying 153 against Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, his duck saw Australia knocked out by England in the 2nd Semi-Final.

Currently, in 2022, Aaron Finch is holding the 5th position in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, and in 6th in the T20I. This former Rank 1 ICC T20I batsman holds the record of scoring most runs in a single T20I match, 172 runs against Zimbabwe in 2018, breaking his previous record of 156 runs in just 63 balls against England, in 2013.

This aggressive opener has taken part in the Indian Premier League for 7 franchisers. His latest service is for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2022 version of IPL.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2013-2022 2011-2022 2018-2022
Matches 132 88 5
Innings 128 88 10
Runs 5232 2686 278
Average 41.85 34.43 27.80
Strike Rate 88.42 145.42 44.98
100s 17 2
50s 29 15 2
4s 518 267 30
6s 126 113 1

#5 Shakib Al Hasan

When you think about the cricket of Bangladesh, the first thing that comes into mind is the name Shakib Al Hasan. This magnificent all-round cricketer has been the icon of Bangladesh cricket, the country’s most popular sportsman ever. Shakib Al Hasan has been among the top all-rounders for more than a decade according to ICC Rankings.

Who is Shakib Al Hasan?

This left-hand batter and the slow left-arm orthodox bowler was born in 1987, in Magura, Jashore. Shakib Al Hasan started his International career in a white ball game against Zimbabwe, in 2006. He was featured for Bangladesh as a young talent in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. In that tournament, Shakib Al Hasan scored a magnificent half-century to beat and eliminate India from the group stage, starting a new era in Bangladesh cricket alongside Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Over the years, this left-hand talent became an inseparable part of Bangladesh cricket, the first Bangladeshi player to take part in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders. Equally talented with bat and ball, and with a fierce temperament to win any game, he has made record after record as an all-rounder masterclass. Currently, he holds the Rank 1 All-Rounder position in ODI according to ICC Rankings. He is only second to Mohammad Nabi as an all-rounder in T20I according to ICC Rankings.

In 2011, Shakib Al Hasan scored a hundred and took 6 wickets in an innings of a Test Match against Pakistan, registering his name in the record book as the first Bangladeshi player. In 2014, he scored a century in an innings and took 5 wickets in both innings in a Test Match against Zimbabwe.

This canny left-hand slow orthodox bowler holds the world record of most 4w in an innings in T20I, 6 times, along with Umar Gul and Rashid Khan. Shakib Al Hasan is also the 3rd fastest player to reach 100 wickets in T20I, playing only 84 matches.

This number 1 ODI All-rounder in the world demonstrated his batting talent superbly in the ICC International World Cup 2019. He scored more than 50 runs in 7 matches out of 8, getting out at 41 in only one match. This batting streak included two hundred, one against West Indies, scoring 124 runs in just 99 balls. In that match, the Tigers successfully chased down a mammoth target of 322 runs set by the Caribbeans. Shakib Al Hasan scored a total of 606 runs with an average of 86.57, finishing in the 3rd position of the most run-getters of the tournament. He also took a 5w in the same tournament against Afghanistan. No wonder Shakib Al Hasan is among the top 10 cricketers in 2022.

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International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2006-2022 2006-2022 2007-2021
Matches 220 96 59
Batting Innings 209 94 109
Runs 6737 1908 4029
Batting Average 37.63 22.44 39.50
100s 9 5
Wickets 283 119 215
Best Bowling Figure 5/29 5/20 7/36
Bowling Average 29.60 19.88 31.30
5w 3 1 18
Catches 52 22 25

#6 Moeen Ali

If you are thinking about quality right-arm off-break bowling and batting depth down the order, with the ability to provide a quick cameo, Moeen Ali is the man. This Englishman has made to the Surprise Sports’ list of top 10 cricketers in 2022 for his recent performances in limited over cricket, currently ranking in 3rd position as an All-Rounder in ICC T20I Rankings.

Who is Moeen Ali?

Moeen Ali was born in 1987, in Birmingham, England. He has been a fine player since a quite early age. He played first-class cricket for Warwickshire and Worcestershire. For his mastery with both the bat and ball in hands, he was appointed as the skipper of England’s Under-19 team for the 2006 Under-19 World Cup. Moeen Ali successfully led his team to the semi-finals in that tournament.

Moeen Ali got his opportunity in International cricket for the senior team in 2014. He was called for his suitability in the team as a right-arm off-break spinner, after the sudden retirement of Graeme Swann, filling up his spot.

This spinner-cum-all-rounder made his ODI debut against West Indies, in 2014, picking up his maiden 50 in the third ODI. He was promoted as an opener in the 2015 edition of the ICC International World Cup. Apart from a magnificent hundred against Scotland, he was disappointed in the tournament, resembling the performance of the whole English team, knocked out from the first round. In the 2019 edition of ICC International World Cup, Moeen Ali was an important part of the World Cup-winning team. Against Pakistan, he displayed his fire-power down the order, scoring 31 runs in just 9 balls, hitting four 6s.

Over the years, this left-handed batter has improved noticeably, providing all-important batting strength down the order. He is a precious player to take in their teams for all the franchisers. Nowadays, this Englishman is a T20 specialist, having the ability to snatch away games with his cameo with the bat and disciplined bowling.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2014-2022 2014-2022 2014-2022
Matches 112 49 64
Batting Innings 89 44 111
Runs 1877 637 2914
Batting Average 25.02 18.73 28.29
100s 3 5
Wickets 87 33 195
Best Bowling Figure 4/46 3/24 6/53
Bowling Average 50.85 25.87 36.66
5w 5
Catches 36 13 40

#7 Tabraiz Shamsi

Surprise Sports experts have put some top-notch bowlers in the list of top 10 cricketers in 2022 and Tabraiz Shamsi is among them. This left-arm chinaman bowler has made it to our list because of his impressive bowling performance in the shortest form of this game. This wrist spinner has been a lethal wicket-taker for South Africa in the T20I format, always providing breakthroughs when the team needs it the most.

Who is Tabraiz Shamsi?

Tabraiz Shamsi was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1990. This handy spin bowler came into the spotlight in the 2015 version of the Caribbean Premier League where he got the most number of wickets in the tournament. Following the success, he got a call in the Indian Premier League and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016. In the same year, he made his debut in the ODI and Test for South Africa against Australia. Shamsi made his T20I debut in the following year, 2017, against England, and became a lethal bowler for this format.

This left-arm wrist spinner has earned himself a permanent spot in the national team in the 20-over cricket for his wicket-taking ability. In the year 2021, he took the most T20I wickets for his side, taking 36 wickets in just 22 matches, with an incredible bowling average of 13.36. His closest partner, Rabada, took only 18 wickets in 14 matches. Moreover, Shamsi was the highest ODI wicket-taker for his side in the same year, taking 14 wickets in just 9 matches. For his magnificent performance, he holds the position of rank 1 T20I bowler according to ICC rankings, in 2022.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2016-2022 2017-2022 2016-2022
Matches 34 47 2
Innings 33 47 4
Runs Conceded 1497 1181 278
Wickets 45 57 6
Bowling Average 33.26 20.71 46.33
Econ 5.19 6.74 3.45
Best Bowling Figure 5/49 4/25 3/91
4w 1 2
5w 1

#8 Trent Boult

The next one on our list is a massive swinger of the ball, left-arm fast-medium, Trent Boult. This New Zealander wonder-bowler has the ability to swing the ball both ways, making the batter confused about where the ball’s going to travel. With his consistent performance with the white bowl, Boult makes the game look so easy, entrapping countless batters to LBW and clean bowled. This cool guy on the field has earned his spot in the list of top 10 cricketers in 2022 for his recent performance. He is currently sitting at the number 1 position of ICC ODI Rankings for the bowlers.

Who is Trent Boult?

Trent Boult was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, in 1989. In his youth, he played the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. He earned his first call in the senior side in 2011, in a Test Match against Australia. In his first test, Boult took 4 wickets, helping the Black Caps to win the first test match in Australia since 1985.

This left-arm fast-medium swinger made his International debut for the ODI side in 2012, against West Indies. The following year, in 2013, he made his T20I debut against England.

The vital turning point of his career was in the ICC International World Cup 2015. In that tournament, he became the most wicket taker jointly with Starc, taking 22 wickets in his basket. In the group stage, he took a five-for and burnt Australia to the ground, unfortunately, losing against them in the final.

His jaw-dropping performance in the ODI World Cup 2015 brought him into the spotlight. The following year, in 2016, he got a mouth-watering contract, worth 600K USD from the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

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When he was called up for the 2019 ICC International World Cup, Boult was already the main man for the Black Caps. He made a significant contribution and led the team to the second consecutive World Cup finals. In this tournament, he took 17 wickets in 10 matches, including a 4w haul against West Indies. Trent Boult struck early against India in the first Semi-Final, taking the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli in his second over, making the score 5-2 for India. He took 2 crucial wickets in the Semi-Final and led the team to the Final.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2012-2022 2013-2022 2011-2022
Matches 93 44 75
Innings 93 44 143
Runs Conceded 4241 1345 8254
Wickets 169 62 301
Bowling Average 25.21 21.69 27.42
Econ 4.99 8.12 2.97
Best Bowling Figure 7/34 4/34 6/30
4w 8 1 17
5w 5 9

#9 Rashid Khan

If you want a bowler who can inject fear into the opposition’s heart, we give you Rashid Khan. This Afghan wonderboy is the most lethal wicket-taking option of the present time. Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break bowler, was born in 1998, in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Only in his twenties, Rashid Khan has already become a millionaire and legend of world cricket.

This right-arm leg break bowler is quick in the air, like his idol Shahid Afridi. He can turn the ball in both ways, and the batter keeps on guessing while the ball hits the leg or the stumps. This Afghan is so efficient and successful because he doesn’t change his bowling action while bowling different deliveries. Hence, the batter falls into a dilemma. Googly is a terrific weapon in his arsenal. Along with his wicket-taking ability, Rashid Khan also keeps the runs down. He is very economic in his spells.

This Afghan spinner is so terrifying a bowler that usually the opposition tries to play him carefully, being minimally damaged. It gives an advantage to the team having Rashid Khan. On top of that, he is a good athlete, electrifying in the field, handy with the bat in hands, more than capable of clearing the boundary, providing quick cameo up and down the order.

Rashid Khan started his International career in both ODI and T20I format in 2015, against Zimbabwe, when he was not even eighteen. He quickly became a monster with the bowl, ravaging the batting order and running riot. He took 5 wickets for just 3 runs against Ireland in a T20I match. In 2017, this master bowler took 7 wickets for just 18 runs against West Indies, winning the ODI match in the Caribbean land.

In the same year, in 2017, the Sunrisers Hyderabad claimed him to their team for 597K USD, the highest value ever for an ICC associate nation’s player. This wunderkind became a millionaire in the next year when the Sunrisers Hyderabad reclaimed him for 1.4M USD.

Still, in his early twenties, Rashid Khan already has many mouth-watering world records in his bag. He is the fastest player in the world to reach 100 wickets in ODI cricket, taking only 44 matches. This right-arm spinner also holds the record of fastest player in the world to reach 100 T20I wickets, taking only 53 matches. He has also joined the elite club of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in ODI. Rashid has the best bowling figure in the world in T20I cricket, having the incredible figure of 5 wickets for 3 runs. This Afghan sits at the 2nd place in the record book of best bowling average in ODI, with a staggering 18.68. So many records in his twenties hint that this wonder bowler is not stopping anytime soon.

International Career of Rashid Khan

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2015-2022 2015-2022 2018-2022
Matches 80 58 5
Innings 76 58 9
Runs Conceded 2821 1357 760
Wickets 151 105 34
Bowling Average 18.68 12.92 22.35
Econ 4.15 6.18 2.97
Best Bowling Figure 7/18 5/3 7/137
4w 5 4 1
5w 4 2 4

#10 Josh Hazlewood

For his discipline in line and length, and recent performance, Josh Hazlewood has earned a spot in the list of top 10 cricketers. Currently, according to ICC ODI and T20I Rankings for the bowlers, he holds the 2nd position in both formats.

This right-arm fast-medium bowler is noticeable for his accurate line and length, much like his idol the legendary McGrath. He provides good swing and seam in the air, makes good use of the pitch, and makes the batter make errors. This Aussie bowler was born in 1991, in New South Wales. He showed his talent inconsistent bowling from a relatively early age. Hazlewood became the youngest bowler to play for New South Wales, at seventeen years old.

This right-arm bowler got his first call in the senior side, surprisingly, at a very early age, in 2010. He debuted in ODI for the Aussies against England. After that, he was dropped from the team for a long time. He played his first T20I for Australia three years later, in 2013, against West Indies. Hazlewood made his debut in test cricket the following year, in 2014. In his test debut against India, Hazlewood showed his grandeur by taking a five-per.

Over the years, Hazlewood has improved his bowling, gaining more pace with never-changing line and length, becoming a perfect companion for Starc in the national team. This right-arm fast-medium bowler has reached 100 test wickets in just 46 innings, just 1 innings are shy of his idol McGrath.

International Career

Format ODI T20I Test
Time Span 2010-2022 2013-2022 2014-2022
Matches 56 27 57
Innings 55 27 107
Runs Conceded 2333 772 5573
Wickets 93 40 215
Bowling Average 25.08 19.30 25.92
Econ 4.71 7.51 2.73
Best Bowling Figure 6/52 4/12 6/67
4w 1 3 7
5w 3 9

Final Words

Here we are; these top 10 cricketers are precious gems of the cricket world. They are in this position because of their hard work at the youth level. Over the years, they have paved their way through to the national level, represented their nations to the world, made history, played franchise leagues all over the world, and earned millions of dollars. In the field, these gentlemen are absolutely eye-appetizing to watch. They are the perfect model to follow for all the youngsters out there.

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