The year 2023 has been spectacular in the cricketing world, witnessing breathtaking performances and remarkable achievements on the international stage. As the end of this memorable year approaches, the anticipation builds for the prestigious ICC ODI Player of the Year Award 2023.
The contenders for this coveted title have not only showcased individual brilliance but have also played pivotal roles in shaping the narrative of the cricketing landscape.
Top five contenders for the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award:
1) Shubman Gill (India)
Shubman Gill has been a revelation in the ODI circuit, emerging as the highest run-scorer in the 2023 calendar year. Amassing a staggering 1584 runs in 29 games with an impressive average of 63.36, the Punjab-based cricketer’s consistency has been commendable. Notably, the 24-year-old etched his name in the record books by becoming the youngest batter to score an ODI double hundred, showcasing his class and maturity at the crease.
2) Virat Kohli (India)
The cricketing maestro, Virat Kohli, continues to be a force to reckon with. With 1377 runs in 24 innings at an astonishing average of 72.47, Kohli has been the linchpin of the Indian batting lineup. His monumental achievement of securing his 50th ODI century and being named the Player of the Tournament in the ODI World Cup 2023 further cement his claim for the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award this year.
3) Kuldeep Yadav (India)
Spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav has claimed 48 wickets and emerged as the leading ODI wicket-taker in the ongoing year. His artistry with the ball has baffled batters, and his ability to pick crucial wickets has been instrumental in his team’s success. The 28-year-old’s exceptional spin bowling has added a different dimension to the game, making him a strong contender for the prestigious award.
4) Mohammed Shami (India)
Mohammad Shemi has been a relentless force with the ball, wreaking havoc in the opposition ranks. As the leading wicket-taker of the ODI World Cup 2023, Shami’s four five-wicket hauls and a remarkable 7/57, the best bowling figures in ODI cricket this year, underline his impact. The Amroha-born speedster’s lethal bowling spells have been crucial in defining crucial moments in high-stakes battles, making him a standout candidate.
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5) Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Glenn Maxwell has played a pivotal role in Australia’s sixth ODI World Cup triumph. His dynamic performances, including a remarkable double century against Afghanistan, the only feat achieved in ODI history while chasing, have been instrumental in Australia’s success. With 413 runs in just 11 games, Maxwell’s explosive batting and valuable contributions with the ball, claiming ten wickets, make him a worthy contender for the ICC ODI Player of the Year 2023.
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