5 Of The Best Cricket Moments From 2022

2022 Was a big year for cricket. All three formats of the game went through some major transitions, with everything from pitch quality to whether batsmen who cross at the crease should face the next ball being put under the microscope. The 2022 T20 World Cup was held in Australia and gifted England their second triumph, whilst Stokes and McCullum trailblazed a new approach to Test match cricket both home and away. Check out SinkorSwimSports as we run through 5 of the best cricket moments from 2022! 

Virat Kohli vs Pakistan
Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 82 against Pakistan in October

Stokes Serves Up A Masterclass In ‘Pindi 

Prior to their arrival in Pakistan for their three-match series, all the talk surrounding England’s trailblazing Test team would be whether their swashbuckling, all-action approach would work away from home. Fast forward to the end of the first day of the first Test and those naysayers had well and truly been put to bed. 

In their first match in Pakistan for seventeen years, England smashed their way to 506-4 on day one, the most runs scored on the opening day of a Test match ever. Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Harry Brook all scored centuries before Ben Stokes broke all conventions with a declaration on day four. 

This daring move meant Pakistan needed just 342 on a very docile pitch to win, however, it was this dangling a carrot that would help engineer one of the best days of Test match cricket in 2022. With ten minutes in the final session, England would take their final wicket for arguably their best overseas win

It was a strong vindication of Stokes’ approach to captaincy and would set the tone as England would end up whitewashing the series 3-0. 

England vs Pakistan 1st Test
England won the 1st Test in Rawalpindi by 74 runs

David Warner’s Magical MCG Knock

Australia’s home summer, at least in the Test format, was fairly underwhelming. A combination of some outmatched opponents and lopsided pitches made the series against the West Indies and South Africa a bit of a snore-fest but, against the latter, fans were treated to a gem of a knock from David Warner. 

Warner came into the 2nd Test at the MCG on a run of nearly three years without a century but, in his 100th Test match for the Baggy Greens, he looked imperious from the off. In an innings that combined grit with grace, Warner would become the eighth Australian to hit 8,000 Test match runs, the tenth to hit a century in their 100th match, and just the second to score a double-century on the milestone. 

In total, Warner hit 200 before retiring hurt through a combination of fatigue and muscle cramps, having to be helped from the ground by medical staff. He returned to bat later but was bowled one ball later. Nevertheless, his innings helped guide Australia to an innings and 182-run win, cementing their first series win over South Africa since 2014. 

BazBall Completes A Remarkable Turnaround

England came into the 2022 home summer with no head coach, no technical director, no Test captain, and just one win in seventeen matches. They had been pummeled in the Ashes and the West Indies, and their controversial rest and rotation policy had led to an unsettled side without any confidence. 

The side faced three matches against 2021 Test Champions New Zealand, a rearranged fixture against India, and a three-game series against South Africa. Rob Key was appointed managing director, Ben Stokes was given the captaincy, and teamed up with new head coach Brendon McCullum with the task of turning around the Three Lions’ fortunes in the longest form of the game. 

What followed was one of the most exciting summers for England fans, and one of the most dramatic turnarounds cricket has ever seen. 

England won six out of seven Test matches at home in 2022, becoming the first team in history to chase over 250 in four consecutive games against New Zealand and India. It was a summer filled with odds-defying wins, brave captaincy from Stokes, and a change in mindset that rejuvenated the red-ball team from prodigies like Ollie Pope to veterans like James Anderson. 

Virat Sees Off Pakistan 

Arguably no player in the history of cricket has the level of hype and expectation behind them as Virat Kohli. But, in one of sport’s greatest spectacles, the class of Kohli came to the fore on October 23rd, 2022. 

In the opening game of Group 2 at the T20 World Cup, Pakistan faced off against arch-rivals India at the MCG in front of a crowd of over 90,000. India restricted Pakistan 159/8, but struggled with their run-chase in response, floundering at 45/4. 

Kohli, however, was unfazed. In a stand of 113 from 78 balls with Hardik Pandya, the former skipper dragged the side back into the game, though the odds were still with Pakistan when they needed 16 runs from the final over, and then 13 from the final three balls. 

But, a clubbed six off a no-ball from Mohammad Nawaz, a wide to Ravi Ashwin, and then one final blow from the Indian meant they completed a 4-wicket win and sealed the most dramatic victory of the year.   

Virat Kohli vs Pakistan
Was Kohli’s knock against Pakistan the best of his T20 career?

England Win The 2022 T20 World Cup 

After seven years of reinventing the way in which the side approached white-ball cricket, 2022 saw Eoin Morgan retire from international cricket. With Jos Buttler taking the reins, England went winless for the first time at home since 2014 in ODIs and T20s but were still amongst the favorites for the T20 World Cup after beating Pakistan and Australia away. 

The side’s prospects had looked grim following a surprise loss to Ireland but, in the same manner, in which the Three Lions won the 2019 ODI World Cup, the Three Lions began to look more imperious the longer it went on. 

England’s 10-wicket win over India in the semi-finals was one of the most dominant victories of the year, and the Three Lions would overcome Pakistan in the final with a five-wicket win. Sam Curran was named the Player of the Tournament, England scooped up their second T20 World Cup and became the first side to hold the ODI and T20 World Cups simultaneously.

Eng vs Pakistan World Cup final
England became the first side to hold the ODI and T20 World Cups in 2022