Top 10 ODI Batsmen in the Cricket, According to ICC Rankings.
The game of cricket has witnessed numerous changes since its inception. Test cricket was the lone format for a long time, with two teams battling it out for days. However, ODI cricket came into the picture in the 70s, and several rules were changed. Along with resistance, batters needed to show aggression to score runs, and a greater emphasis was given to strike rate.
At the moment there are 12 full-time members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which include, Indian, Pakistan, England, South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. Out of these many teams, it gets difficult to pick the Top 10 ODI Batsmen in the world 2021.
Today, we take a look at the top 10 batsmen in the ODI cricket who have had the perfect mix of skills and sustainability. These rankings do change over time depending upon the matches a player play and how he performs in the One Day International (ODI) match.
Here are the Top 10 ODI Batsmen according to ICC :
1. Babar Azam : 865 Points
Babar Azam is currently standing on the 1st Rank in the world in ODI. Babar Azam is arguably the best batsman to have ever graced the game, and his staggering numbers back the fact. He is a top-order batsman who also serves as the Captain of the Pakistani cricket team in all three formats. In 80 ODIs, the Pakistani skipper scored 3808 runs at a strike rate of 88.7 and an average of 56.84. Babar Azam hardly suffered from bad form in his international career and constantly tore down bowling line-ups with his brilliance.
2. Virat Kohli : 857 Points
Virat Kohli is currently standing on 2nd Rank in the Top 10 ODI Batsmen list. Being a top-order batsman he scores lots of runs for the team and personally loves chasing a target than putting up a score to be chased by the other team. He has scored 12169 runs in 254 matches at an strike rate of 93.17 and an average of 59.07. He has the record of reaching 11,000 ODI runs faster than anybody else in the World.
3. Rohit Sharma : 825 Points
Rohit Sharma is currently standing on 3rd Rank in the ODI Cricket. Rohit Sharma is another Indian Cricketer on the list, he is the opener for the Indian cricket team and is also the Vice-Captain of the Indian team. He has scored 9206 runs in 227 matches at an strike rate of 88.9 and an average of 48.96. Rohit Sharma holds the record of highest ODI score of 264 runs vs SL in 2014. Also he has the most number of Double Centuries scored by any cricketer in the world in ODI format, with 3 double centuries. He also called as Hitman.
4. Ross Taylor : 801 Points
Ross Taylor is a cricketer from New Zealand and plays in the middle order. He has served as the captain for the New Zealand cricket team in the past. He ranks 4th on the list of Top 10 best ODI batsmen in the World. Ross Taylor is the first New Zealander to have centuries against all nations who play Test games in the ODI format. He has scored 8576 runs in 233 matches at an strike rate of 83.36 and an average of 48.18.
5. Aaron Finch : 791 Points
Aaron Finch is another Australian batsman on the list and ranks 5th on the list of top 10 ODI Batsmen in the World. He is the opening batsman for the Australian cricket team and serves as the captain in the limited over cricket format. He has scored 5232 runs in 132 matches at an strike rate of 88.41 and an average of 41.86.
6. Jonny Bairstow : 785 Points
Jonny Bairstow is a 31 year old English wicket-keeper batsman born on 26th September 1989 and son of former English keeper David Bairstow. Being the only English cricketer amongst the top men ODI batsmen in the world speaks volume of the talent he has. Bairstow is also the first England cricketer to have scored 3 consecutive One Day International hundreds a feat he attained in 2018. He has mustered 3426 runs in 86 ODI’s with the help of 11 Centuries and 14 Half – Century.
7. Fakhar Zaman : 778 Points
Fakhar Zaman is a 31 year old Pakistani cricketer who has been added to the list of 10 best ICC Men ODI batsmen in the world. In April 2017, Zaman made ODI squad debut for Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. However, it was 7th June 2017 against South Africa where he made his ODI debut. He also became the Man of the Match for CT finals in 2017. Zaman became the first player to score a double century in ODIs scoring an unbeated 210 against Zimbabwe. In the 50 ODIs he has played, he has scored 2,262 runs at a strike rate of 97.12 and an average of 49.17, scoring 6 tons, 13 half centuries and 1 double-century.
8. Francois Du Plessis : 778 Points
Francois du Plessis is a South African International cricket player and ranks 5th amongst the top 10 batsmen in the world at the moment with 719 points. He is a middle-order batsman and is the former captain of the South African Cricket team. Francois du Plessis was named the South African Player of the Year in Men’s category. He has amassed 5507 runs in 143 matches.
9. David Warner : 773 Points
An Australian cricketer who currently ranks 6th on the list of the top 10 ODI Batsmen in the World. He has served as a captain for the Australian Cricket Team and still opens for them. His full name is David Andrew Warner and he was born on the 27th October 1986 in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, when playing against Afghanistan, he scored the highest in his career of 178 which helped Australia reach the highest tally in any World Cup ever at 417/6.
10. Shai Hope : 773 Points
Shai Diego Hope is a 27 years old Barbadian cricketer who made his ODI debut on 16th November 2016 in the 2nd match of a tri-series against Sri Lanka. Hope scored his first International ODI century in his second match against Zimbabwe in the same tri-series. He is the only Barbadian cricketer in the list of the top 10 ICC ODI Men Batsmen in the world in 2021. In the 81 ODIs Hope has played, he has had an average of 52.94 and a strike rate of 74.91. He has also scored 10 centuries with a highest score of 170 in just 152 balls which came against Ireland on the 5th May 2019 in a tri-nation series. He has also scored 19 half centuries in ODI so far.
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