Namibia’s Gerhard Erasmus crowned ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer Of The Year 2022 | Cricket news


Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus was crowned 2022 ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year on Wednesday. Replicating the success of 2021 would prove difficult for Erasmus and his Namibian teammates, although the national skipper delivered another outstanding performance in 2022, making his mark in both white- ball formats. The 27-year-old came close to amassing 1,000 ODI runs during the calendar year, a feat that was even more impressive considering only eight of his 20 innings were in home conditions.

Erasmus made a statement with a match-winning knock of 121* (120) against Oman in Dubai to start his year in ODI cricket, and the right-hander went on to make eight half-centuries. Erasmus raised his bat in Scotland and Papua New Guinea on the League 2 trails, before filling his boots with two homegrown tri-series.

Erasmus also agreed with a dozen wickets on the circuit as he led Namibia to 13 wins from their 21 ODIs in the year, making a late push in the Cricket World Cup League 2 race.

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On the T20I front, Erasmus continued to evolve in the power game. He made an unbeaten century against Uganda in a T20I home series, before making multiple contributions in his team’s historic T20I series victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Erasmus’ batting contributions helped the team in their second successive T20 World Cup campaign, and leading his team to victory over Sri Lanka to start the campaign will undoubtedly be his highlight.

As the team recovered from 93/6 to 163/7, Erasmus was smart with his rotation of bowlers, supporting things in a strong collective effort. The skipper took the catch from Dushmantha Chameera to complete the comeback win, a result that the world took notice of.

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In possibly the best individual performance in the Cricket World Cup League 2 cycle, Erasmus pulled his side out of trouble against Oman at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Erasmus ran away with his side 34/2 in the tenth left of the first innings, though the Namibians found themselves in a deeper hole, as Bilal Khan’s left arm pace (4/42) wreaked havoc.

Bilal and Kaleemullah drew life from the surface to undo some of Erasmus’s teammates, and on 53/7 the skipper had to continue with the tail.

An eighth wicket stand of 50 runs with Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton began the rebuild and he found another partner in No. 10 Bernard Scholtz, who made a brave 30 from 52 deliveries. Erasmus spent his half-century in 75 balls as he picked up the pieces, but upped the ante in the back-end, making his maiden ODI century before finishing with 121* (120) in a total of 226.

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In the field, Erasmus ensured that Namibia retaliated emphatically. Six of Namibia’s seven bowlers claimed wickets to beat Oman for just 116, a 110-run win.

Erasmus was an obvious choice for Player of the Match.

In 2022, Gerhard scored 956 runs in 21 ODIs at an average of 56.23, with a century and eight half-centuries. He also took 12 wickets in the format at an average of 27.66 and an economy rate of 4.04. In 11 T20Is, Erasmus also scored 306 runs at an average of 38.25, with a century and a fifty. He also took six wickets in the format. These runs had a success rate of 122.40.

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