Here are Top 5 Test batsmen of 2018
2018 has turned out to be a good year for batsmen. Virat Kohli has dominated the headlines this year in Test cricket. England’s premier batsman Joe Root has not been far behind and produced crucial contributions with the bat throughout the year. The renaissance of Jos Buttler has been the most captivating story as the wicket-keeper batsman has produced incredible consistency to bail out England from difficult situations on more than one occasion. Established players like Asad Shafiq, Ajinkya Rahane and Azhar Ali have struggled to find form with the bat this year.
As the year draws to a close, here are five batsmen who impressed the most this year:
Top 5 Test batsmen of 2018
- Virat Kohli
Indian Captain Virat Kohli has produced phenomenal numbers with the bat in Test cricket this year. He currently is leading run-scorer for the year and scored 1100 runs in 12 matches at an average of 55.00 with four centuries to his name. Kohli really has impressive in overseas conditions and amassed over 500 runs in the five-match Test series played in England. Kohli will certainly be keen to add few runs and centuries to his name before the year ends.
- Joe Root
England Test Captain has been consistent with the bat so far this year. He is second on the list for most runs scored by a batsman for the year 2018. Root has scored 948 runs in 13 matches at an average of 41.21 with two centuries to his name. The highlight of Root’s career will be his scintillating century in the second Test to help England win their first series in Sri Lanka after 17 years.
- Jos Buttler
England wicket-keeper batsman has been unstoppable so far this year. He has gone on and produced runs at will throughout the year. He has been consistent across all three formats for England. The biggest surprise has been his form in Test cricket and he certainly made a stellar comeback for England this year. He has scored 760 runs in 10 matches at an average of 44.70 with six half-centuries to his name.
- AB De Villiers
South Africa’s premier batsman certainly produced his best with the bat in Test cricket. He produced crucial performances for South Africa against strong teams like India and Australia. De Villiers was instrumental in helping South Africa winning back-to-back series against India and then Australia. He scored 638 runs in 7 matches at an average of 53.16 with one century to his name. It came as a big shock to cricket fans around the world when he decided to call it a day from the international cricket. Certainly, fans would have relished his performances against India and Australia in Test cricket.
- Babar Azam
Babar Azam has certainly found form with the bat in Test cricket this season. He has achieved a lot of accolades in one-day cricket but never quite lived up to the expectations in red-ball cricket. Azam really has been impressive in his breakthrough season and scored 539 runs in 7 matches at an average of 59.88 with one century to his name. He will be determined to do well on his first trip to South Africa that will begin from 26th December.