Aakash Chopra picks Suryakumar Yadav as best T20 batter of 2022

Aakash Chopra

Former cricketer turned commentator, Aakash Chopra disclosed his top 5 batters list for the year 2022 in the T20 format.

The year 2022 saw a record number of T20 matches. Marquee successful T20 events took place. From Asia Cup to T20 World Cup, the major tournaments built world records. The batters especially had a blast. Indian batter, Suryakumar Yadav, ended 2022 as the highest run scorer. He scored over 1,000 runs, making him only the second player in history to do so.

Cricket pundit, Aakash Chopra recently uploaded a video on his Youtube channel. In the video, he listed out his top 5 batters in the T20 format for 2022.

  1. Suryakumar Yadav
  2.  Mohammad Rizwan
  3.  Virat Kohli
  4.  Sikandar Raza
  5.  Devon Conway

Aakash Chopra hails Virat Kohli for his comeback

After stating the list, Aakash Chopra explained his reasons. He hailed Virat Kohli for his magnificent performance and said that nobody would have imagined at the start of the year that he would end up in the top 5.

“Nobody would have imagined that Virat Kohli would find a place on this list. He struggled for form for years altogether, and his performances were quite underwhelming in the IPL too. Everything was going wrong for him,” 

“However, by the end of 2022, he has turned things around in remarkable fashion. In T20Is this year, Kohli scored 781 runs in 20 matches at an average of 55.78 with a strike rate of 138.23. He was outstanding during the T20 World Cup. The pitches were quite challenging against Pakistan and England during the World Cup, but he still managed to score,”

Aakash Chopra further explained why he kept Babar Azam out of the list. He said that his average this year is just 32, which is unacceptable in the T20 format. As a result, he chose Conway in his place.

“Going by the stats, Babar Azam should be the no. 5 but I am not including him in my list. He has scored 735 runs in 26 matches and his average is only 32 and strike rate merely 123. Sorry! but I can’t take him on my team,”

“I am including Devon Conway’s name instead at his place. Conway’s numbers in T20Is in 2022 are unbelievable, had he played more matches in the format this year, he would have overtaken SKY to claim the top position,”

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