Top 5 Players of Cricket in All Formats
Cricket is one of the most popular sports globally. Many players have become legends by playing this game at an elite level. We refer to both Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODIs) when we talk about cricket. Test cricket has existed since 1877, while ODIs have been played since 1971. Here, we present you with the top 5 players in both formats of cricket – these players have the highest batting averages in their respective designs and are also very accurate bowlers.
One of Australia’s most explosive batsmen, David Warner, is also a wicketkeeper. He plays domestic cricket for New South Wales. He has experience with both county cricket (for Gloucestershire) and with T20 franchises around the world. As an aggressive batsman, Warner has become a powerhouse in one-day internationals, striking runs at an average over 40. In 20 ODI matches against England—the top-ranked team—Warner averages nearly 50. In his last five innings, he struck 16 fours and 10 sixes.
Kohli scored more runs and got more centuries than any other batsman on earth in 2018. One of only five batters to score more than 1000 runs, he averaged 86.50 with a T20 strike rate that would have beaten Sir Viv Richards’ overall Test record if he’d taken enough chances at slip. In ODI cricket, Kohli played some innings so good they will not be forgotten in years to come—not least his 146 against Australia at Adelaide, which was an enthralling combination of caution and brutality; it remains one of cricket’s best hundreds since World War II. In Tests, he hit four double-centuries: two overseas and two at home.
AB de Villiers
South Africa’s most influential player across all formats of cricket, AB de Villiers, is also a superb fielder. A good batsman and fast-medium bowler, he has scored 10 centuries and taken over 100 ODI wickets. He is currently South Africa’s top T20 batsman and its second-highest overall century scorer. De Villiers has captained South Africa at Test level; his captaincy stint ended after their 2-1 loss to Australia in 2016-17.
When we look at his batting, he is one of those who doesn’t have any obvious flaw in his game. He has a sound technique and is flexible and adaptable while playing different roles depending on what situations arise. While very few players are versatile enough to play as diverse as ODI and T20 batsmen, Joe Root is one such player. At 23 years old, he has already been England’s most successful opening batsman of all time. Given his current form, it looks like Root might just be establishing himself as England’s best-ever opening batsman.
Virender Sehwag and Martin Guptill have scored more runs. However, Sharma has already achieved more centuries than all of them put together. His consistency, technique and a huge appetite for runs have been remarkable. He’s also a handy bowler, with 29 wickets to his name so far. It’s hard to see anyone overtaking him at No. 3 anytime soon.
Kane Williamson is also a cricket players contender for the top spot at No. 3, as she’s scored almost as many runs as Sharma without quite as many centuries to his name. He’s scored three double-centuries so far and would likely have one more if England hadn’t bowled New Zealand out for 52 on Day 2 at Lord’s. Chris Gayle has also been a powerhouse at No. 3 with plenty of runs and three double-centuries himself. But none of them can match.