Zimbabwe’s Raza and Ngarava in ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year


Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza and fast bowler Richard Ngarava have been included in the ICC T20 Team of the Year.

The ICC Team of the Year recognises 11 outstanding individuals who have impressed throughout 2023, be it with the bat, the ball or their all-round exploits across the calendar year.

It was another staggering year for Sikandar Raza, going back-to-back after also sliding in at No.6 in the 2022 team.

In 2023, Raza was brilliant irrespective of Zimbabwe falling short of T20 World Cup qualification.

The all-rounder was consistent with bat in hand across the year making at least 20 in nine of his 11 innings across the year. He began with two fifties in his first three T20 innings of his year, making 82* (35) and 52 (36) against Namibia away from home. During the series, Raza also claimed 4/24 (4) in the final match of the series.

Attention turned to the Africa Qualifier, where Raza shone in spite of Zimbabwe’s plight at the tournament. His lowest score came making 48 (39) in a defeat to Uganda, passing the half-century mark in his other three knocks, most notably a score of 82 (48).

It was also a very successful year for seamer Richard Ngarava as he established himself as Zimbabwe’s leading frontline bowler.

Troubling many a batter with his pace and bounce, six-foot-four left-armer Ngarava was a nightmare prospect in 2023.

Finishing with 26 wickets in 15 matches, Ngarava only conceded 5.63 runs per over, taking a wicket every 12.1 deliveries.

Ngarava began the year with figures of 2/20 (3) against Ireland on home Harare soil, before taking 1/32 two days later against the same opponent.

Attention moved to the T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier, where Ngarava claimed a wicket in every match. He went on to top the tournament tally, claiming 13 wickets at 8.23.

Ngarava finished the year with five wickets in three home matches when Ireland visited again in December.

ICC men’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.


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