2022 is in the history books as far as ODI matches of India are concerned. The Men in Blue did not prioritize ODI cricket in 2022 and majorly played with ‘B’ squads because of the ICC T20 World Cup. Still, India managed to dominate their opponents and won almost all the series which they played.
India’s Big 3 – Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma did not play much ODI cricket this year as compared to the young batters, which is why they missed out on a spot in the following playing XI. Also, Shikhar Dhawan, who captained the team in most of the matches has failed to make the cut owing to his poor performance. Here we present to you the best Indian ODI XI of 2022.
Openers – Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan
Young batters Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan will open the innings for this team. Gill played 12 matches this year, scoring 638 runs at a strike rate of 102.37. He recorded one century and four fifties. Ishan Kishan aggregated 417 runs in seven innings. He played his career’s best knock of 210 runs against Bangladesh.
Middle Order – Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant (wk)
Sanju Samson played nine innings in ODI cricket this year, scoring 284 runs at a strike rate of 105.57. He was unbeaten on five occasions. Shreyas Iyer was the leading run-getter for the team with 724 runs in 15 innings, while Rishabh Pant aggregated 336 runs in 10 innings, including the match-winning ton in the series decider versus England.
All Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel
Hardik Pandya played only two ODI innings this year, but he aggregated 100 runs, with his highest score being 71. He scalped six wickets, with his best figures being 4/24. Axar Patel aggregated 168 runs in six innings and picked up 10 wickets as well. Sundar scored 212 runs in seven innings and scalped 13 wickets at an economy rate of 4.4 this year.
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj will lead the pace attack of this team. Bumrah took 13 wickets in just five matches, including a six-wicket haul against England. Siraj was the top wicket-taker with 24 wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal was the leading wicket-taker among spinners with 21 wickets.