The ODI Cricketer of the Year award for 2023 stands as a testament to individual brilliance and outstanding performances in the limited-overs format. This prestigious accolade recognizes players who have made significant contributions, showcasing their skills and impact in the fast-paced and dynamic world of One Day Internationals.
Spectacular performances in the ODI cricket
In a highly anticipated announcement, the ICC has revealed the four nominees vying for the coveted ODI Cricketer of the Year award. These individuals have not only excelled with the bat, ball, or in the field but have consistently demonstrated their ability to influence and shape the outcome of ODI matches on the global stage. Their performances have captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide, making them deserving contenders for this esteemed recognition.
The four standout contenders for the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2023 are as follows:
1. Shubman Gill – A star on the rise
In the realm of international cricket, Shubman Gill announced his arrival with authority in 2023, marking it as his coming-of-age year. Despite being relatively unseasoned on the grand stage, Gill showcased his prowess, particularly in the ODI format, amassing an impressive 1584 runs at an average of 63.36. His standout performance came in the ICC Men’s Cricket ODI World Cup 2023, where he concluded the tournament with 354 runs, displaying maturity and consistency.
2. Mohammed Shami – The spectacle on the bowling front
Mohammed Shami scripted a remarkable turnaround in the second half of 2023, reaching his zenith at the CWC 2023. Despite missing initial games, Shami emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, securing 24 scalps at an astonishing average of 10.7. His impactful performances included three five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul, setting new records and solidifying his status as India’s leading wicket-taker in Men’s 50-over event.
3. Virat Kohli – The ODI maestro’s dominance
Virat Kohli‘s journey in 2023 was nothing short of spectacular, especially in ODIs. The Indian stalwart not only dominated the global showpiece event, finishing as the Player of the Tournament, but also etched his name in history by becoming the highest individual run-scorer in a men’s Cricket World Cup. Kohli’s record-breaking tally of 765 runs, at an average of 95.62, included three centuries, with one in the crucial semi-final against New Zealand. His year-end statistics boasted 1377 runs at an average of 72.47, affirming his status as one of the greatest ODI batter.
4. Daryl Mitchell – New Zealand’s middle-order dynamo
Daryl Mitchell left an indelible mark in ODIs throughout 2023, culminating in a stellar performance. His prolific batting saw him amass 1204 runs, ranking as the third-highest recorded by a New Zealand player in a calendar year. Mitchell’s standout moments included back-to-back centuries in Pakistan, another ton in England, and a scintillating display in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. His exceptional form, especially against India’s formidable bowling attack, showcased his mettle as New Zealand’s middle-order linchpin.