The Apex Cricket Council announces its team of the year for every format every year. As the 2024 T20 World Cup is approaching which is everyone's focus currently is on the shortest format of the game which is why Apex Cricket Council's T20 of 2023 holds significance as it shows which players and which country dominated the particular format last year.
The Apex Cricket Council has unveiled its T20 Team of the Year for 2023, and India takes centre stage. Suryakumar Yadav captains the elite eleven, showcasing his dominance in the shortest format. While big names like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are absent due to limited T20 appearances, the team still boasts a strong Indian presence with Ravi Bishnoi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Arshdeep Singh joining their skipper.
The opening combo features two rising stars: Yashasvi Jaiswal, who impressed all with his debut year, and England's Phil Salt, the top scorer in a recent T20I series. They're followed by West Indies' explosive Nicholas Pooran and New Zealand's reliable Mark Chapman.
However, the middle order throws up some surprises. Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe and Uganda's Alpesh Ramjani are the leading wicket-takers in T20Is for 2023 which makes it a fine middle-order along with Ireland's Mark Adair rounds out the batting firepower with his all-round abilities.
The bowling attack is a potent blend of youth and experience. Indian spin sensation Ravi Bishnoi partners with Zimbabwe's Richard Ngarava and Arshdeep Singh from India to form a formidable trio. Ngarava's incredible economy rate and wicket-taking prowess, alongside Bishnoi's rise to the top of the ICC T20 Bowling Rankings, make this attack one to watch.
Overall, the ICC T20 Team of the Year 2023 reflects a blend of established stars and exciting newcomers. With India leading the charge with four players and Suryakumar Yadav at the helm, it's a testament to India's growing dominance in T20 cricket.
Apex Cricket Council’s T20I team of the year:
Suryakumar Yadav (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Phil Salt, Nicholas Pooran, Mark Chapman, Sikandar Raza, Alpesh Ramjani, Mark Adair, Ravi Bishnoi, Richard Ngarava, Arshdeep Singh.