Well January is back, and so is the Fifth edition of Vineet’s Cricket Rankings (check out the ODI Batsmen Rankings 2009 here)! And though there are some surprises, the top of the heap is captured by none other than one of the emerging cricketers of South Africa- Hashim Amla!! He is followed by another South African – AB de Villiers! Going into the World Cup, South Africa is thus the best batting line up today!!! Amla was the most explosive batsman on scene in 2010. He scored 1058 runs averaging 75.57 in just 15 matches and a strike rate of 104.23. Although he way beyond Shahid Afridi’s strike rate of 144.12 but his astonishing average pipped the vacillating Afridi by miles. He smashed 5 centuries and 4 half-centuries on the way to achieving this. Sachin Tendulkar played just 2 matches and could not be considered for this ranking. However, he smashed an astonishing 200* and must be considered at the top of the heap.
He is followed by AB de Villiers who scored 964 runs in just 16 matches at a nice average of 80.33 (higher than last year) at a nice strike rate of 102.11 (much higher than last year)!! He smashed 5 centuries and 4 half-centuries on the way to achieving this. Andy Strauss appeared from nowhere to take the 3rd spot scoring 806 runs in 14 matches at a nice average of 57.57 at a good strike rate of 95.95! He smashed 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries on the way to achieving this. Gautam Gambhir (AVE 55.83 SR 93.96), TM Dilshan of Sri Lanka (AVE 51.16 SR 98.92) and Kallis of South Africa (AVE 59.3 SR 89.3) follow at 4,5 and 6. So the year 2010 was heavily dominated by South African Batsmen. Indian batsmen to some extent also shone but were far away from the South Africans, and the Pakistanis trail at no. 3.
But then who are the teams of 2010? Well South Adfrica is right there at the top with 5 batmsen in Top 14. And next are Indians and Pakistanis. India has 6 batsmen in top 30.
|1||HM Amla (SA)||1058||75.57||104.23||74.7|
|2||AB de Villiers (SA)||964||80.33||102.11||66.5|
|3||AJ Strauss (Eng)||806||57.57||95.95||55.1|
|4||G Gambhir (India)||670||55.83||93.96||47.6|
|5||TM Dilshan (SL)||921||51.16||98.92||47.6|
|6||JH Kallis (SA)||593||59.3||89.3||46.8|
|7||Shahid Afridi (Pak)||601||33.38||144.12||43.6|
|8||EJG Morgan (Eng)||691||53.15||93.88||42.7|
|9||V Sehwag (India)||446||40.54||108.78||41.8|
|10||Mohammad Shahzad (Afgh)||517||47||93.32||41.7|
|11||Abdul Razzaq (Pak)||331||55.16||108.52||41.5|
|12||PR Stirling (Ire)||771||45.35||90.59||40.6|
|13||JP Duminy (SA)||433||61.85||89.83||40.3|
|14||CA Ingram (SA)||288||57.6||93.81||38.6|
|15||TLW Cooper (Neth)||589||65.44||71.3||37.2|
|16||KC Sangakkara (SL)||726||48.4||84.41||37.2|
|17||MJ Clarke (Aus)||777||55.5||79.36||35.5|
|18||MEK Hussey (Aus)||825||45.83||91.56||35.4|
|19||V Kohli (India)||995||47.38||85.11||35.2|
|20||IJL Trott (Eng)||335||47.85||77.54||34.0|
|21||A Bagai (Can)||539||59.88||71.29||32.9|
|22||Tamim Iqbal (Ban)||776||33.73||96.15||32.4|
|23||SR Watson (Aus)||771||36.71||88.41||31.9|
|24||JEC Franklin (NZ)||252||63||78.26||31.3|
|25||YK Pathan (India)||281||46.83||122.17||31.0|
|26||CL White (Aus)||848||44.63||84.46||30.9|
|27||CH Gayle (WI)||456||32.57||97.02||30.8|
|28||SK Raina (India)||631||39.43||97.22||29.7|
|29||RG Sharma (India)||504||38.76||86||29.5|
|30||DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||509||42.41||79.9||29.4|
Where are the top 5 batsmen of the year 2009?
1 TM Dilshan (SL) 5
2 V Sehwag (India) 9
3 SR Tendulkar (India) Did not play enough matches, but was surely at the top with his 200 not out!
4 AB de Villiers (SA) 2
5 NFI McCallum (Scot) 104
*These rankings are based on Players whos played 5 matches or more. These rankings are prepared solely by myself based on owned algorithms. These have no relation with ICC or any other rankings calculated elsewhere in the world.