The year 2022 saw players put up a host of impressive performances, including at world events such as the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and several other bilateral series.
We take a look back at all the incredible performers who bagged the coveted ICC Men's Player of the Month Awards throughout the calendar year.
January 2022 - Keegan Petersen (South Africa)
South Africa's Keegan Petersen played a starring role in their stunning Test series win over India in January 2022, where the Proteas bounced back from 1-0 down to clinch the series 2-1.
In the second Test, he scored 62 in the first innings, helping South Africa gain a slender but important lead. In their chase of 240, he scored a crucial 28 runs.
He replicated his heroics in Newlands with a superb 82 as South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory. He finished as the leading scorer in the series with 276 runs and was adjudged the Player of the Series.
February 2022 - Shreyas Iyer (India)
Shreyas Iyer was at his indomitable best in February and played a vital role in India's white-ball series wins over West Indies and Sri Lanka. He started the month with a steady knock of 80 against West Indies in the final ODI and followed it up with a 16-ball 25 in the final T20I of the subsequent series.
But it was the T20I series against Sri Lanka where he shone in the absence of key players. Promoted to No.3, he scored three unbeaten fifties in as many matches and finished with 204 runs at a blistering strike rate of 174.35.
He was awarded the Player of the Series for his exploits and also took home the ICC Player of the Month award.
March 2022 - Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Pakistan captain Babar Azam led from the front in the historic series against Australia at home. Though his side lost the Bernaud-Qadir Test series against Australia 1-0, Babar aggregated 390 runs in the three matches and finished as the third-highest run-getter in the series. One of the highlights of the series was his record-breaking 196 in the second Test that helped Pakistan salvage an improbable draw.
His form carried on into the two ODI matches during the month, in which Babar scored 57 and 114 respectively, with the latter helping his side chase down an imposing target of 349 set by Australia.
Having already won the ICC Player of the Month award in April 2021, Babar became the first player to win the prize twice.
April 2022 - Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)
The spearhead of the South African spin attack, Keshav Maharaj had Bangladesh batters dancing to his tunes in the two-match Test series and picked up 16 wickets at an average of 12.12.
Maharaj registered seven-wicket hauls on two separate occasions, both during the second innings of each Test where he ended with figures of 7/32 and 7/40. He also contributed with the bat in hand, scoring 84 in the first innings at Gqeberha to help his side set an imposing total on their way to a 332-run victory.
The left-arm spinner walked with all the accolades possible – Player of the Match in both games, Player of the Series and the ICC Men's Player of the Month.
May 2022 - Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka's veteran star Angelo Mathews showed the value of experience in Sri Lanka's 1-0 Test series win over Bangladesh.
In the first innings of the first Test, he came agonizingly close to what would have been his second career double-century but fell on 199. Sri Lanka posted 397 on the back of his knock and Bangladesh managed to take a lead and eventually hold on to a draw.
In the second game, he racked up another century and remained unbeaten on 145* in the first innings. Bangladesh had posted 365 in the first innings and Sri Lanka were in a spot of bother at 164/4, but Mathews stitched a 102-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva and then added 199 runs with Dinesh Chandimal. The partnerships helped Sri Lanka take a 141-run lead, which proved to be too much for the visitors.
By bagging the award, he became the first Sri Lankan player to win the ICC Player of the Month since its inception in 2021.
June 2022 - Jonny Bairstow (England)
The England batter produced a month of memorable performances in his side’s 3-0 Test series victory over New Zealand.
Despite a quiet start in the opening match at Lord’s, Bairstow produced an exhibition of explosive hitting to steal victory against the odds in the second Test, smashing the second-fastest century ever registered by an English batter in the longest format, reaching the landmark off 77 deliveries.
His exploits extended to the final match of the series, sealing the whitewash in equally explosive fashion with scores of 162 and 71 not out.
July 2022 - Prabath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka’s newest spin sensation Prabath Jayasuriya was crowned ahead of rival contenders England’s Jonny Bairstow - who won the Men’s award back in June - and French youngster Gustav McKeon.
The spinner celebrated a prolific Test debut against Australia, taking six for 118 in the first innings, and following up with an even more impressive six for 59 in the second to help win his side the final Test and draw the series.
Jayasuriya kept his momentum going into the two-Test showdown against Pakistan later in the month, taking 17 wickets across the series and ending July with staggering figures of 29 wickets at an average of 20.37.
August 2022 - Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
The brilliance of Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza saw him claim August’s award.
Raza struck two magnificent unbeaten centuries (135 not out and 117 not out) during the historic 2-1 ODI series win over Bangladesh, on both occasions securing victory for his side in dramatic fashion when chasing big targets. He scored another memorable century against India later in the month, albeit in defeat.
Raza also contributed with the ball, taking seven wickets in the month, and becomes the first Zimbabwe international to win the award.
September 2022 - Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
In a highly competitive field, Rizwan secured his first ever ICC Men’s Player of the Month crown after a remarkable spell of scoring throughout September, beating fellow nominees Cameron Green (Australia) and Axar Patel (India) to the prize.
The Pakistan star amassed a mammoth 553 runs from ten T20Is, with an eye-catching batting average of 69.12 during the month, the talismanic opener also registered seven half-centuries.
October 2022 - Virat Kohli (India)
Virat Kohli’s brilliant form with the bat en-route to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup earned him the monthly award.
Kohli scored 205 T20I runs in the month, including a brilliant half-century against Netherlands in Sydney prior to the unforgettable innings in the stunning victory over Pakistan in front of a capacity crowd in Melbourne.
Kohli’s unbeaten 82 from 53 balls played the key role in helping India to a thrilling final-ball win.
November 2022 - Jos Buttler (England)
England captain Jos Buttler claimed the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for November after being at his remarkable best with the bat in his side’s charge to their T20 World Cup triumph.
Buttler’s month started with a Player of the Match performance in the dramatic 20-run victory over New Zealand in Brisbane. Making his 100th T20I appearance, the opener smashed 73 from 47 balls to provide some much-needed momentum to England’s campaign.
After England had secured their passage to the knockout stages, he followed this display with arguably his highlight of the tournament. Chasing 169 for victory in the semi-final against India, he demonstrated the full array of his strokeplay in smashing 80 from 49 balls. His record-breaking opening partnership of 170 with Alex Hales saw them claim a historic ten-wicket win in Adelaide.
Although his score of 26 in the final wasn’t match-winning, Buttler’s expert captaincy played a significant part in helping restrict Pakistan’s chase as England claimed their second Men’s T20 World Cup title.
December 2022 - Harry Brook (England)
Shorlisted in a tough field of batters including Babar Azam and Travis Head, Harry Brook snatched the award after an incredible tour of Pakistan.
The 23-year-old was instrumental in England's 3-0 series win over the hosts, finishing the series as the highest run-scorer with 468 runs in three matches.
Brook carried on with the aggressive tactic laid out by Ben Stokes and Brendon McCulllum, and slotted in perfectly at No.5 in the absence of Jonny Bairstow, with his runs coming at an incredible strike rate of 93.41.
Playing in just his second Test, the youngster returned scores of 153 and 87 in the first match of the series in Rawalpindi. His century in the first innings came off just 116 balls as he picked apart the Pakistan bowling line-up to set the tone for the rest of the series.
He went on to score a hundred each in the remaining two Tests as England dominated on their return to Pakistan soil after 17 years.