TOP 5 BATSMEN IN THE ODI FORMAT
1: AB de VILLIERS (Abraham Benjamin de Villiers)
AB de as we all know is not just a good cricketer but rather a better human as well. Not everyone knows about the achievements he has made in his athletic career before finally landing up in cricket. He has been a champion in every sport we can think about. He survives not to earn money but the excellence in everything he does. Then if it is tennis, badminton, swimming or cricket, he has got a medal or a record in everything. His dedication to cricket and the urge to go for experiments even in the live game has fetched him the No. 1 spot in the ICC World ODI Rankings and is often known as ‘Mr. 360 degree’.
- Became the second youngest and the second fastest South African to reach 1000 test runs after Graeme Pollock.
- He is the third overseas player after Chris Gayle and David Warner to complete 3000 runs in the IPL (Indian premier league).
- Has scored the fastest T20 fifty (21 balls) which no South African has ever done in the past.
- Has scored the maximum runs for South Africa in Cricket World Cup.
- Holds the record of 37sixes (most till now) along Chris Gayle in the World Cup.
- Has hit 16 sixes in an innings in ODI format standing alongside with the Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle.
- Fastest 100 and 50 in ODI (67 balls).
- Fastest century in ODIs in just 31 balls against West Indies.
- Fastest half century in just 16 balls against West Indies.
2: VIRAT KOHLI
Cheeku (nickname of Virat) needs no specific Introduction though because his talent and his passion for cricket shows everything he has got. He is most probably the best current middle order batsmen in the entire Indian batting line-up. Having been given up the captainship for the Indian test cricket team and team A in ODIs he is also the Vice captain of our Indian Cricket Team ( Dhoni being the Captain). This talented Right-handed batsman holds the 2nd rank in the world ICC ODI rankings. How his dedication sparked after the sudden dismissal of his father due to brain stroke is truly a thing our young generation should take inspiration from.
- FASTEST Indian to reach 1000 runs in the ODIs.
- First cricketer to score 3 centuries in his first three innings as a Test Captain.
- Most ODI runs scored in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (most by any Indian Player).
- Most ODI runs in 2011 by any cricketer and in an ipl season (2016).
- Fastest in the world to reach 25 centuries in ODIs and 1000 runs in T20s as well.
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to have reached 5000 and 6000 ODI runs.
- Arjuna Award recipient along with ICC ODI player of the Year (2012), BCCIs Polly Umrigar Award for International cricketer of the year.
3: HASHIM AMLA (Hashim Mohammad Amla) – 31st March 1983
This South African born Cricket star has his family roots in Seurat, Gujarat. He made his debut against England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata making 36 runs. He gave a very slow start to his career for which he was enormously criticized. Then he shut everyone down hitting 149 runs against New Zealand at Cape Town In 2006. He subsequently continued his form and earned a national contract and scored 1599 runs at an average of 57.10 in his next 19 tests.
- Fastest to achieve 15 ODI centuries (89 matches).
- Fastest cricketer to reach 10 ODI Centuries in 23 matches lesser than Virat Kohli.
- Fastest to reach 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries in ODIs.
- Holds the highest partnership with Faf du Plessis (247 runs) in World Cup.
- Fastest to reach 2000(40 inn.), 3000(59), 4000, 5000, and 6000 runs in ODIs.
4: KANE STUART WILLIAMSON ( AGE 25- 8th August 1990)
This 25 year old boy beyond the expectations is currently the captain of New Zealand team. Is a Right handed batsman as well as an off-spinner. He is currently at no. 4 in the World ICC ODI rankings. Also ranked no. 3 in Test cricket format. He made his debut in the year 2007. Was just 17 when he led his under 19 team in the World cup? Since he is just 25 so there are not much records in his name. But still there is enough to list
- Scored 242* in tests against Sri Lanka in 2015 and took 4 giving just 44 against England.
- 145* in ODIs against South Africa in 2013 taking 4-22 in the same match
- 101* in T20 against Cape Cobras at Raipur in 2014.
- 4 times Man of the series, 8 times man of the match in ODIs, 2 Man of the Match awards in T20.
5:Martin James Guptill( Age-29 , Born on- 30th Sep. 1986)
He was born in New Zealand and plays from his nation;s side as well. He is also known with the nickname “ two Toes” because he lost three toes in an accident when he was just 13. Holder of the 5th spot in the World ODI rankings at present. Made his ODI debut against the West Indies in 2009.First had his best at 189 runs and later surpassed this by scoring an unbeaten 237 runs of 163 balls in 2015 World Cup.
- 11 sixes and 24 fours making total of 237 in 163 balls which is the best total in a World Cup knockout Match.
- Has a world record for scoring most runs in a 3-match bilateral( 330 runs in 3 matches).
- 5th in the world and 1st one in New Zealand to score a 200 in an ODI.
- Had his fastest ODI fifty by a NEW ZEALANDER in 17 balls.
- Was the highest run scorer in ODIs in 2015( 1489 runs in 32 matches with four hundreds and 8 50s).