NEW DELHI: In a much-anticipated announcement, the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the 'Team of the Year' for 2023 across all formats - Men's and Women's cricket as India emerged the dominant force with a total of 12 players securing their spots in the lineups.
Suryakumar Yadav, who enjoyed an exceptional year with the bat, leading the Indian T20I side, was appointed the captain of the ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year.
The stellar lineup featured rising cricket star Yashasvi Jaiswal, who showcased explosive batting at the top order, capturing the attention of cricket fans across the globe. The immense bowling talenthouse Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh also earned well-deserved spots in the team, sharing the stage with international talents such as Phil Salt, Nicholas Pooran, Mark Chapman, Sikandar Raza, Alpesh Ramjani, Mark Adair, and Richard Ngarava.
In the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year, Rohit Sharma, instrumental in guiding India to the finals of the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023, was named the captain. Rohit's selfless attitude and powerpacked batting were pivotal in India's journey to the championship match. 5 more Indian players secured spots in the squad, including Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, and the sensational Mohammed Shami, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker despite missing the initial matches.
The team also recognized some of the brilliant performances from players like Travis Head and Adam Zampa, who shone in the final. Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Klaasen, and Marco Jansen rounded off the lineup. Meanwhile, the ICC Men's Test Team of the Year for 2023 featured two Indian stalwarts, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, alongside international cricket luminaries such as Usman Khawaja, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Stuart Broad.
The announcement underscores India's cricketing prowess on the global arena, with a multitude of players earning well-deserved recognition for their exceptional performances across formats in the year 2023.