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The ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award 2023: A Closer Look at the Nominees

Get a closer look at the nominees for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award in 2023. Learn more about the standout performances and achievements of these talented cricketers.

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By Mystic Vivan
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ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award 2023

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently unveiled the final nominees for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award, also known as the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. This prestigious award is given annually to the player who has made a significant impact across multiple formats during the calendar year. Let's dive into the performances of the four nominees and analyze their contributions in 2023.

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Nominees for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award

The four players who have been shortlisted for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award are:

Virat Kohli: A Year of Remarkable Consistency

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Virat Kohli had a fascinating year in 2023, showcasing his exceptional skills across all formats. He amassed 2048 runs, the second-highest in the year, at an average of over 66. Kohli's eight centuries and ten fifties in 2023 highlight his consistency and dominance on the field. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the 2023 World Cup, scoring 765 runs and achieving his 50th ODI century. Kohli has previously won the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award twice, in 2017 and 2018, and a third win would make him the first player in history to achieve this feat.

Format Matches Innings Runs Average Strike Rate 50s 100s Highest Score
Tests 8 12 671 55.92 54.73 2 2 186*
ODIs 27 24 1377 72.47 99.13 8 6 166*
Total 35 36 2048 66.06 78.31 10 8 186*


Ravindra Jadeja: The All-Rounder Extraordinaire

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Ravindra Jadeja had an outstanding year with both bat and ball. He emerged as the highest wicket-taker across all formats, claiming a total of 66 wickets in 35 matches at an impressive average of 23.74. Jadeja's left-arm spin proved to be a constant threat to opposing batsmen. Additionally, he contributed significantly with the bat, scoring 613 runs. His versatile skills make him a strong contender for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award.

Batting Performance

Format Matches Innings Runs Average Strike Rate 50s 100s Highest Score
Tests 7 9 281 35.13 41.62 2 0 70
ODIs 26 17 930 61.87 75.00 0 4 45*
Total 33 28 1211 48.44 55.57 2 4 70
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Bowling Performance

Format Matches Innings Wickets Average Economy Strike Rate 5-fers Best Bowling Figures
Tests 7 14 33 19.39 2.39 48.5 2 7/42
ODIs 26 23 31 28.19 4.60 36.7 1 5/33
Total 33 37 64 23.74 3.38 42.0 3 7/42


Pat Cummins: The Leader and Match-Winner

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Pat Cummins, the Australian skipper in all formats, had a remarkable year as a bowler and leader. He played a crucial role in Australia's victories in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final and the 2023 World Cup, both against India. Cummins led by example, taking 42 wickets in 11 Tests and 17 wickets in 13 ODIs. His captaincy prowess and performances on the field make him a strong contender for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award.

Format Matches Innings Wickets Average Economy Strike Rate 5-fers Best Bowling Figures
Tests 11 19 42 27.50 3.60 45.7 3 6/91
ODIs 13 13 17 36.35 5.74 37.9 3 5/51
Total 24 32 59 30.05 4.14 43.4 6 6/91


Travis Head: The Hero in Australia's Triumphs

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Travis Head left an indelible mark on Australian cricket in 2023 with his match-winning performances. He played pivotal roles in both the WTC Final and the 2023 World Cup Final, scoring centuries in both games. His unbeaten 137-run knock in the World Cup Final propelled Australia to victory after a shaky start. Head finished the year as the fifth-highest run-scorer, amassing 1698 runs at an average of over 43. His contributions make him a deserving candidate for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award.

Format Matches Innings Runs Average Strike Rate 50s 100s Highest Score
Tests 12 23 941 41.00 75.57 5 5 163
ODIs 13 13 570 51.81 133.17 3 2 137
Total 25 36 1511 43.17 96.25 8 7 163


The Frontrunners for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award

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While all four nominees have had exceptional performances, two players stand out as frontrunners for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award: Travis Head and Pat Cummins. Head's match-winning centuries in crucial games and Cummins' leadership and consistent performances make them strong contenders for this prestigious award.

The winner of the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year Award will be announced soon, and cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the decision. Whoever emerges victorious, it is clear that these four players have made significant contributions to their respective teams' success in 2023.

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