Namibia captain wins ICC Associate player of the year award
Namibia men's cricket team captain Gerhard Erasmus bagged the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Associate Cricketer of the Year 2022 as the ICC awards were announced Wednesday.
Leading his side from the front with the bat and in the field, the winner of the Men's Associate Cricketer of the Year enjoyed an excellent 2022. Here, we take a look at his performances over the year, celebrating some of his outstanding achievements.
According to the ICC statement, the 27-year-old came close to amassing 1000 ODI runs during the calendar year, a feat more impressive considering just eight of his 20 innings were in home conditions.
"It was a great year for myself as I contributed on the field for Namibia's cause and to many success stories for the team," Erasmus said Wednesday in a statement released by Cricket Namibia.
Erasmus attributed his success to his teammates as well as the coaching staff which he commanded for assisting him in achieving his elevated game.
Erasmus made a statement with a match-winning knock of 121* (120) against Oman in Dubai to begin 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 tri-series on home soil.
Erasmus also chimed in 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.
On the T20I front, Erasmus continued to evolve in the power game. He made an unbeaten century against Uganda in a home T20I series, before making multiple contributions in his team's historic T20I series win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
Erasmus’ batting contributions helped the team at their second consecutive T20 World Cup campaign, and leading his team to victory over Sri Lanka to begin the campaign will no doubt be his highlight.
As the team recovered from 93/6 to 163/7, Erasmus was smart with his rotation of bowlers, who backed things up in a strong collective effort. The skipper took the catch of Dushmantha Chameera to complete the comeback win, a result that put the world on notice.