Top 20 Cricketers in the World in 2022

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This content will bring you about the top 20 cricketers in the world in 2022. Cricket is having its worldwide popularity slowly but surely. If cricket is compared to Pop songs the best cricketers can be labeled as rockstars. Although the cricket lovers of the current generation may have regrets for not being able to watch the stars of the legends’ era (before and a bit after 2000). But they should keep in my mind that they are also lucky enough to witness one of the greatest of all time in Kohli, Smith, Shakib, Stokes, and more. Well, among so many current cricketing sensations, let’s see who can make it to the list of top 20 cricketers in the world in 2022. Most Thrilling ODI Cricket Matches of the 21st Century.

                      Top 20 Cricketers in the World in 2022

Our experts have made this list based on the cricketer’s impact on the game, big tournament contributions, current form, consistency, as well as, overall career. So they have put up all these attributes to come up with this chart.

#1. Virat Kohli (India)

If you are creating the list of top 20 cricketers in the world as of 2022, you will have to start the list with this guy. Cricket experts and analysts consider the Indian run-machine as the greatest cricketer of the generation. And why not! With as many as 70 centuries beside his name, nobody has impacted the game more than VK. And due to his enormous reputations and media face value, people rightfully call him the “Poster Boy of Cricket”. This remarkable batsman has taken himself to another level. And you can’t keep any doubt if you take at his rankings. He is within the top 10 batsmen in all 3 formats. At this moment, he occupies the number 7 rank in test cricket, number 2 in ODI, and number 10 spot in T20I.

#2. Ben Stokes (England)

In the early days of his career, the experts used to compare him with Sir Ian Botham. But whoa! This guy has possibly surpassed his predecessor. Sir Ian Botham hasn’t done anything lesser, and neither has Ben Stokes. But what will keep Stokes ahead at the end of his career, is his direct contribution to England’s WC glory! Stokes is one of the finest all-rounders of the modern era and also of all time. The man who was actually born in Christchurch, New Zealand, eventually proved himself as the dream breaker of NZ in that historic WC final.

Well, the 30 years old sensation is a versatile face on a cricket field. He can bat sensibly, build innings, and also can go big at the same time. Stokes is a very handy bowler and takes wickets on regular occasions. Moreover, he is an outstanding fielder and can change games with his fielding skills as well. Currently, he occupies the number 6 all-rounder spot in ODI and number 7 in the test cricket. And this way he has become one of the best cricketers in the world in 2022. Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers in the World 2021 [Confirmed List].

#3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Beyond any doubts and arguments, Shakib Al Hasan is the greatest cricketer in the history of Bangladesh. In fact, he is one of the top 10 all-rounders in the history of cricket. Shakib is a mega-star representing a comparatively weaker side. Cricket enthusiasts can rarely find such a consistent cricketer who has contributed with both bat and ball throughout his career. The world number ODI all-rounder is also within the top 5 in the other 2 formats. He is currently at the number 2 position in T20I while in the test his position is 4th. So undoubtedly Sakib is one of the top 20 cricketers in the world.

#4. Steve Smith (Australia)

Do you know, who are the 5th, 6th, 7th among the top 20 cricketers in the world? Obviously, you will know if you read this article completely. The right-handed top-order batsman from Australia is one of the most talented and hard-working cricketers of the generation. His story is quite like a myth. He made his international debut mainly as a spin-bowling allrounder. In his early days, he used to bat at number 7 or 8. From there he has modified himself and emerged to the cricket world as the number 1 batsman in the longest format. He was the 2nd youngest player in history after Sachin to top the batter’s chart. Moreover, the NSW masterpiece reigned the test number 1 spot for ridiculous 1094 days between December 2015 to July 2018.

#5. Rohit Sharma (India)

From an average middle-order batsman to the world’s best opener in limited-overs cricket! The Hitman’s story has been another fairy-tale, thanks to MSD’s suggestion to send him at the top. Rohit never had a shortage of potentiality but he might not become today’s Hitman without that advancement in the batting position. Now he owns as many as 41 international centuries across formats besides his name. One of the biggest achievements of his career will be making 3 double centuries in ODI, the most by any. And his 264 against Sri Lanka still seems impossible to surpass.

#6. David Warner (Australia)

With 29 ODI centuries including 3 doubles, Rohit may seem the best ODI or limited-format opener. But what if you think about the world’s best opener across formats? It will be no other than the Pocket Dynamite. David Warner, who is a player of the big stages, is a very consistent performer. Even with that sand-paper drama, nobody can bereave him from credits. The 2021 ICC T20 WC’s player of the tournament has 43 international tons so far. Among those, he has scored 24 tons in test cricket, 18 in ODIs, and 1 in T20I.

#7. Mitchell Starc (Australia)

We’ve already talked about a number of batters and all-rounders. But this generation has also seen some very energetic bowlers. Among those names, Mitchell Starc will be certainly among the most recited names. One may question his recent form, but one simply can’t overlook what he has done at the mega stages. He was the player of the tournament in Australia’s successful 2015 WC run while also being instrumental in their 2021 ICC T20 WC glory. Apart from these, the left-arm fast bowler also won the best bowler’s award in the 2012 T20 WC. Apart from these, if you ask the batters about the most fearsome bowler of the generation, they will most possibly reply to you with the name of this Aussie gun.

#8. Patrick Cummins (Australia)

The only thing Starc lacked in recent years was “Consistency”. But that’s the thing that enriched Cummin’s career in the last half a decade. The current Aussie test skipper has been at the very peak after the 2015 WC. In 2015 WC, he missed out on the final and couldn’t even make it to the 4-pacer-based Aussie line-up. But in recent years, he has proven himself as the spearhead of the attack even ahead of Starc. Cummins has been more consistent with the ball and also gifted his team a few useful cameos. He is not only the number 1 ranked test bowler but also the number 8 all-rounder in the longer format.

#9. Babar Azam (Pakistan)

The Pakistan national team captain is one of the most elegant batsmen on the planet. He is classy, consistent, handy, and, most importantly a pleasure of eyes to watch while batting. Hence, he deservingly makes it to the top 20 cricketers in the world in 2022. The 27 years old Lahore-born top-order batsman is currently the number 1 ranked in both ODI and T20I. Moreover, he also ranks 9th in test cricket. So far, Babar has made 20 international centuries. His average is 43, 57, and 45 in Test, ODI, and T20I respectively.

#10. Jos Buttler (England)

He is perhaps the best wicket-keeper batsman of the generation. Jos Buttler is one hell of a cricketer. He is a very sweet timer of the cricket ball. This guy can build innings and have no shortage of class. But what fans love to see from him, is blasting the cricket ball. While on song the WK-Batter literally murders the ball. The world cup champion’s ODI strike rate is an incredible 118. Among his 12 international tons, 9 came in ODI, 1 in T20I, and the other 2 in Test.

Who else has made it to the top 20 Cricketers in the World in 2022?

Let’s take a look at the top 20 cricketers in the world in 2022, who occupy the number 11-15 spots in this list.

#11. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

After the retirement of MS Dhoni, Kane Williamson is perhaps the best captain in the world right now. He has taken the side to the 2019 CWC final, and 2021 T20 WC final. The right-handed batsman was also crucial in New Zealand’s 2015 CWC run. Well, apart from his captaincy he is a batsman of the highest quality. With those remarkable batting averages in all formats, KW is one of the best betters as well.

#12. Quinton De Kock (South Africa)

One of the best openers as well as wicket-keepers on the planet. QDK is an incredible batsman to watch and also has acrobatic keeping skills. South Africa or his franchise teams, wherever the lefty opener played, has shown personal brilliance.

#13. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Although you could rarely watch him playing test cricket, he is definitely the best spinner in limited formats. In white-ball cricket, he is a frightening rival for the batsmen. At this moment, he holds the 5th position in T20I (bowler’s ranking) and the 15th position in ODI.

#14. Jasprit Bumrah (India)

The young Indian is the best death-bowler in the world at the moment. He has been a very tough bowler to read for the batters from the very beginning of his career. His ODI economy is 4.65 while he only costs around 6.5 in T20I! With those pretty economical stats and wicket-taking ability, Jas B is an asset for any side.

#15. Joe Root (England)

The English cricket team’s red-ball format captain is one of the Fab4 batters of the generation along with Kohli, Smith, and Williamson. You can feel how good a batsman he is by looking at his stats. He averages above 50 in ODI cricket while his test average is just a tad below 50 (49.23) at the moment.

Who are the Other Players to be on the List?

The following 5 cricketers were also picked among the top 20 cricketers in the world in 2022 by our experts.

#16. Trent Boult (New Zealand)

One of the best left-arm pacers in the world. He is a regular wicket-taker and is famous for his in-swing and out-swing.

#17. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Another rocketing speedy pace bowler. The Protea pacer is fast, lethal, and consistent.

#18. Jason Holder (West Indies)

The number 1 test all-rounder is a very useful cricketer. He is a solid performer in all 3 formats. He can take wickets, and score runs and is also quite economical.

#19. Marnus Labuschange (Australia)

Currently the number 1 batsman in the longest format of the game. Marnus is a player of higher class and averages almost 57 in red-ball cricket!

#20. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

The cutter master is one of the most mysterious bowlers in the world. The BD pacer is not only economical but also provides breakthroughs in crucial moments.

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