The limited-overs cricket this year has seen plenty of thrills and spills. From England continuous dominance in 50-over cricket to Virat Kohli’s run marathon, the year 2018 has been a good one for batsmen in general. Reputable players like Rohit Sharma, Joe Root and Shikhar Dhawan have done well this year.
As the year draws to a close, here are five batsmen who impressed the most in limited-overs cricket.
Top 5 ODI batsmen of 2018
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has been unstoppable this year with his splendid batting performances in limited-overs cricket. He is currently the leading run-scorer for the year and scored 1202 runs in 14 matches with six centuries to his name. He scored over 600 runs in South Africa and helped India win maiden bilateral series against South Africa.
- Rohit Sharma
Indian opening batsman has enjoyed his best run with the bat this year. He has scored 1030 runs in 19 matches at an average of 73.57 with five centuries to his name. He was instrumental in helping India win their seventh Asia Cup title in the UAE. Sharma has been India’s most bankable player in limited-overs cricket after Virat Kohli for past couple of years. He has the ability to produce big runs in crucial games for India.
- Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow has been in excellent form for England in limited-overs cricket this year. As an opener, he has scored 1025 runs in 22 matches with four centuries to his name. Bairstow has shown fluency at the crease and has a strike rate of 118.22 so far this year. He has certainly cemented his place in the XI and formed a lethal combination with Jason Roy at the top of the innings in one-day cricket.
- Fakhar Zaman
Pakistan’s opening batsman has certainly been in splendid form this year. He has scored 875 runs in 17 matches at an average of 67.30. He has scored two centuries this year. Zaman became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double-hundred in limited-overs cricket. Left-handed batsman broke Saeed Anwar’s 19 year old record for highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman in one-day internationals.
- Shai Hope
West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope has shown incredible form with the bat this year. He is the leading run-scorer for West Indies in limited-overs cricket so far this year with 875 runs in 18 matches with three centuries to his name. He has produced match-winning knocks for West Indies in India and Bangladesh tours.