Hope short-listed for ICC ODI Player-of-the Year

West Indies, Shai Hope bats during the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and West Indies at Headingley in Leeds, England.
West Indies, Shai Hope bats during the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and West Indies at Headingley in Leeds, England.
Associated Press / Rui Vieira, file
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope is among an impressive four-player  shortlist for the ICC Men’s One-day International Player-of-the-year 2022 award.
The others are Pakistan captain, Babar Adam, Australia leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, and Zimbabwe all-rounder, Sikandar Raza.
Hope made his ODI debut in 6 years ago and since 2017, he has finished every year as the highest run-scorer in ODIs for the West Indies.
This year was no different, and the 29-year old was once again one of the few shining stars for the West Indies in a difficult year in which they won only five of the 21 ODIs they played.
Hope did not get off the greatest of starts this year, but he started to grind out the runs in typical fashion in the later stages of the year, and finished with 709 runs at average of 35.45that included 3 hundreds and 2 half-centuries.
Shai Hope was often the lone warrior for the West Indies ODIs this year, and four of his five 50-plus scores this year came in losses.

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