Here’s a look at the top five ODI batsmen in 2019 who had a tremendous outing with their willow in the calendar year:
ROHIT SHARMA (INDIA):ODIs: 28
The dashing opener signed off 2019 with 1490 runs in 28 ODIs (27 innings), averaging 57.30. He had 7 centuries, most by any batsman in 2019 in ODIs, under his belt. His 7 centuries came against – Australia (133 in Sydney), South Africa (122* in Southampton), Pakistan (140 in Manchester), England (102 in Birmingham), Bangladesh (104 in Birmingham), Sri Lanka (103 in Leeds) and West Indies (159 in Vizag). Apart from the seven centuries against seven different opponents, Rohit scored six half-centuries in the calendar year. He also had 146 fours and 36 sixes to his name in the year. Rohit had finished as No. 2 in the highest ODI run-getters list in 2017 and 2018 with Virat Kohli ending up as No. 1. But the year 2019 belonged to Rohit.
VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA):
When Kohli is on song, no bowling attack in the world can stop the Indian run machine. Kohli, who finished the years 2017 and 2018 as the highest run-getter in ODIs, signed off 2019 as number 2 with Rohit taking the top spot. Kohli played 26 ODIs (25 innings) in 2019 and scored 1377 runs at an average of 59.86. The Indian captain had 5 centuries and 7 fifties to his name, including 133 fours and 8 sixes. The Indian run-machine scored three centuries against Australia (104 in Adelaide, 116 in Nagpur and 123 in Ranchi) and two against the West Indies (120 in Port of Spain and 114* at the same venue)
SHAI HOPE (WEST INDIES):
With 1345 runs in 28 ODIs (26 innings), West Indies’ flamboyant batsman Shai Hope ended 2019 in third place. The 26-year-old scored 4 centuries and 8 fifties in the calendar year, averaging 61.13. Hope, who had an impressive ODI series against India recently with the scores of 102*, 78 and 42, smashed 117 fours and 21 sixes in the calendar year. His four centuries came against Ireland (170 in Dublin), Bangladesh (109 in Dublin), Afghanistan (109* in Lucknow) and India (102* in Chennai).
AARON FINCH (AUSTRALIA):
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is fourth on the list. Finch played 23 ODIs this year and scored 1141 runs at an average of 51.86. The hard-hitting batsman hit 4 centuries and 6 fifties in the calendar year, including 98 fours and 36 sixes. His four tons, in 2019, came against Pakistan (two) and one each against Sri Lanka and England, respectively.
BABAR AZAM (PAKISTAN)
Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam played 20 ODIs (20 innings) in 2019 and scored 1092 runs at an average of 60.66. Azam, who is known for his consistency, scored 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries in the calendar year. The Pakistan batsman notched up his three tons against England (115 in Nottingham), New Zealand (101* in Birmingham) and Sri Lanka (115 in Karachi).