India’s dream of winning 2 major titles this year has definitely been dashed. But the Indian batsmen of 5 innings were saluted all over the world. This innings played by Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav will not be forgotten for many years to come.
In terms of big events, this year is nothing special for the Indian cricket team. India first lost in the Asia Cup, and then the T20 World Cup dream was shattered. Meanwhile, the world looks up to Indian batsmen. For some innings the whole world salutes. Indian batsmen played some such innings in the year 2022. It will surely be remembered for a long time in Indian cricket.
Rishabh Pant’s batting performance in the Cape Town Test earlier this year still remains the same. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are fighting for 10 runs in the third Test match against South Africa in January. Pant scored an unbeaten 100 runs on the same ground. He hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. The entire world saluted Pant for this century. However, India lost that match by 7 wickets. But this match will be remembered for Pant’s century.
Suryakumar Yadav’s century at Nottingham in July is regarded as his best innings. England set a target of 216 runs in the third T20I. India lost 3 wickets for 31 runs in the form of Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. After that Surya created a sensation. He scored 117 runs off 55 balls. It has 14 fours and 6 sixes. Except him, no other batsman could score more than 30 runs. At one point he scored 52 off 34 balls. After that, he completed the century with the next 51 off 14 balls. Even though Surya played an innings, India lost by 17 runs.
8th September 2022, the date when Virat Kohli’s 3-year wait will end. Kohli scored a century in international cricket three years later. He made his debut against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup match. He was unbeaten with 122 runs off 61 balls. This is also the first century of his T20 career.
Shreyas Iyer is the highest run-getter in all three formats this year. He played some very memorable innings in the year 2022. But the innings that left a mark on the hearts of many was his 113 not out. He scored in the second ODI against South Africa in Ranchi in October. India came into the ring with a target of 279 runs and lost both the openers for 48 runs. After this, he shared a huge partnership with Ishaan Kishan. Iyer stayed at the crease till the end and scored 113 runs with 15 fours to give India victory.
Towards the end of the year, R Ashwin also played one of the most memorable innings of the year. On the fourth day of the second Test match against Bangladesh, he scored an unbeaten 42 runs to win Bangladesh. Ashwin excelled and India won by 3 wickets. In order to chase down the target of 145 runs, India lost 7 wickets for 74 runs. After this Ashwin stood like a wall and played another memorable innings of his career.
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