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Thursday, June 13, 2024

A Look At The Top 2023 Cricket Players, From Virat Kohli To Pat Cummins

<p>Even though cricket is a team sport, there are a few players who stand out among hundreds of others every day, every month, and every year as they represent their country on the field. 2023 was the same. While Australia’s three-peat of the ICC World Test Championship, the Ashes, and the ICC Cricket World Cup will go down in history, fans will also remember India’s impressive home run that ended in a heartbreaking World Cup loss, South Africa’s aggressiveness, England’s “Bazball” school of Test cricket, and the fall of long-standing World Cup winning empires like Sri Lanka, England, and the West Indies.</p>
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<p>Nevertheless, some players stood out for their performances. Let’s examine a few of this year’s top players:</p>
<p><strong>Indian player Virat Kohli</strong></p>
<p>The Indian star batter had a remarkable comeback story in 2023 after a lackluster performance in 2020–2022. Day and night, left and right, and sometimes even on his worst bat days, Virat smashed records. Whether it’s breaking 50 ODI centuries, scoring 765 runs in the Cricket World Cup this year to have the best-ever batting campaign, or matching the legendary batting numbers of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat has given India plenty of reasons to label him their “GOAT” and emulate him at every turn.</p>
<p>Virat scored 557 runs overall at an average of 55.70 in seven Test matches this year, with two hundreds and a fifty in ten innings. 186 was his greatest score.</p>
<p>Virat scored 1,377 runs at an average of 72.47 and a strike rate of 99.13 in 27 ODIs this year, including six hundreds and eight fifties in only 24 innings. His highest rating is 166.</p>
<p>Ultimately, Virat has amassed 1,934 runs at an average of 66.68 over 34 innings in all 34 international matches this year. He has eight hundreds and nine fifties to his credit. The hitter might attain the 2,000 run milestone this year during the Boxing Day Test at Centurion starting on December 26, as he is scheduled to play the Test series against South Africa.</p>
<p>In addition, Virat had a fantastic IPL, averaging 53.25 across 14 games and amassing 639 runs with two hundreds and six fifties, proving that he is far from done in T20 cricket.</p>
<p><strong>Gill Shubman (India)</strong></p>
<p>If 2023 belonged to the “King Kohli,” then the “Prince of Indian Cricket” began his journey to become Virat’s successor by making little strides towards greatness. Gill is still getting used to T20Is and Test cricket, but in ODIs, the Punjabi batsman dominated and rose to the top of the rankings.</p>
<p>Gill amassed 230 runs at an average of 32.85 in five Test matches this year, including a century. 128 was his greatest score. Gill scored 1,584 runs with five hundreds and nine fifties in 29 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at an average of 63.36 and a strike rate of above 105. His highest rating was 208. Gill’s 2023 T20I performance was lackluster; in 13 innings, he scored 312 runs at an average of 26.00, including a century and fifty. His highest rating is 126*.</p>
<p>Gill scored 2,126 runs at an average of 48.31 in 47 international games this year, including seven hundreds and ten fifties.</p>
<p>In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he also ended as the Gujarat Titans’ “Player of the Tournament” after amassing 890 runs at an average of 59.33 in 17 innings, including three hundreds and four fifties. Gill received the ‘Orange Cap’ for the highest runs scored during this IPL season.</p>
<p><strong>Travis Head, an Australian</strong></p>
<p>This year, Travis Head was Australia’s man for the big occasions, scoring runs when it counted most. His centuries in the ICC World Test Championship and ICC Cricket World Cup finals brought Team India and its supporters many restless nights, and he is now a strong candidate for the top ICC Players Award.</p>
<p>He amassed 902 runs at an average of 45.10 with a remarkable strike rate of over 76 in 11 Test matches this year, including five fifty-scores and a century in 21 innings. His highest rating was 163. Head scored 570 runs with a strike rate of over 133 and an average of 51.81 in 13 One-Day Internationals this season. In 13 innings, he has amassed two hundreds and three fifties, with a career high score of 137. With a strike rate of over 174, this potent southpaw amassed 209 runs at an average of 34.83 in six Twenty20 internationals, including a fifty-one-run knock of 91.</p>
<p>Head amassed 1,681 runs at an average of 45.43 and a strike rate of over 97 in 30 international matches this year, including three hundreds and nine fifties. His highest rating is 163.</p>
<p><strong>India’s Rohit Sharma</strong></p>
<p>This year, the ‘Hitman’ will be associated with altruism. During the ICC Cricket World Cup, he led the Men in Blue from the front with his daring hitting, which relieved pressure on chasing batters and allowed them to take their time. He ended the competition with a heartbreaking loss while leading India to a 10-match winning run.</p>
<p>With two hundreds and nine fifties to his credit, Rohit amassed 1,255 runs at an average of 52.29 and a strike rate of over 117 in 27 One-Day Internationals. This year, in seven Test matches, he amassed 540 runs at an average of 49.09 in 11 innings, including two hundreds and two fifties. His highest rating was 120.</p>
<p>Rohit scored 1,795 runs at an average of 51.28 in 34 international games this year. He finished with four tons and eleven fifties in 37 innings, with a career-high score of 131. He did, however, lead the Mumbai Indians (MI) to the IPL 2023 playoffs despite his lackluster hitting.</p>
<p><strong>Markram Aiden (South Africa)</strong></p>
<p>The hitter of the future is this fashionable South African. This year, he amassed 276 runs at an average of 69.00 in two Test matches, including a century and fifty. His highest rating was 115. He amassed 1,033 runs with three tons and five fifties in 24 ODIs, at an average of 51.55 and a strike rate over 113. His highest rating was 175. In the Cricket World Cup, he also hit a century off 49 balls, which stood as the quickest century in the history of the competition until Glenn Maxwell’s 40-ball century against the Netherlands. He amassed 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and a strike rate of over 162 in eight Twenty20 Internationals, with a top score of 49.</p>
<p>This year, Markram has amassed 1,548 runs at an average of 51.60 in 34 international matches. In 36 innings, he has hit four hundreds and six fifties. However, he had a lackluster IPL season as a batter and skipper for Sunrisers Hyderabad.</p>
<p><strong>Usman Khawaja, an Aussie</strong></p>
<p>Usman Khawaja, a test specialist, was instrumental in Australia’s victories in both The Ashes and the World Test Championship. This year, he amassed 1,168 runs at an average of 55.61 in 12 Test matches, including three centuries and six fifties. His highest rating was 195*.</p>
<p><strong>Mitchell Daryl (New Zealand)</strong></p>
<p>This 30-year-old, late bloomer all-around player shone this year unlike anybody other. He was the cornerstone of the Kiwis’ batting lineup this season in the absence of captain Kane Williamson. He amassed 469 runs at an average of 42.63 in seven Test matches, with four fifty-scores in 13 innings and a century. His highest rating was 102. He amassed 1,204 runs at a 52.34 average in 26 ODIs, including five centuries and three fifties in 25 innings. His highest rating was 134. He amassed 283 runs with two half-centuries at an average of 21.76 in 15 Twenty20 Internationals.</p>
<p>With 1,956 runs in 48 matches and 52 innings at an average of 41.61, six hundred and nine fifties in 52 innings, and the maximum score of 134, he finished as the second most successful hitter of the year overall.</p>
<p>At the 2023 World Cup, Daryl finished as the second-most successful batsman for New Zealand, with 552 runs at an average of 69.00 over 10 matches, including two hundreds and two fifties. In 56 T20Is, the all-rounder has amassed 1,069 runs for the Kiwis at an average of 24.86, along with five fifties and eight wickets. He is an all-around batsman. Throughout the year, he claimed 11 wickets in all forms.</p>
<p><strong>Mitchell Marsh, an Australian</strong></p>
<p>This year, the Australian all-rounder went on a rampage, attacking the bowlers from the first delivery. Australia’s victories in both the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes were greatly aided by him.</p>
<p>Marsh has amassed 403 runs at an average of 67.16 and a strike rate of over 73 in four Test matches this year. In eight innings, he has struck three fifties and a century. His highest rating was 118. Marsh has amassed 858 runs at an average of 47.66 in 20 one-day internationals this year, with two hundred and five fifties. His highest rating is 177*. Marsh amassed 186 runs at an average of 186.00 in three Twenty20 Internationals, with two fifties and a top score of 92*.</p>
<p>This year, he has amassed 1,447 runs at an average of 57.88 in 27 international matches, with three hundred and ten fifties in 31 innings. His highest rating was 177*. In all forms this year, he has also claimed six wickets.</p>
<p><strong>India’s Ravindra Jadeja</strong></p>
<p>With 35 matches played, this outstanding Indian all-around player finished the year with the most international wickets (66), of any bowler. Of these, two were in T20Is, 31 in ODIs, and 33 in Tests.</p>
<p>He earned 613 runs this year at an average of 30.65 across all formats, including two fifties. He found most of his success in Tests when he amassed 281 runs in seven Tests. His highest rating is 70.</p>
<p>Jadeja was a standout in the IPL 2023 as well, helping the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) win their fifth championship by hitting the game-winning runs. During the competition, he amassed 190 significant runs in 12 innings while taking 20 wickets.</p>
<p><strong>Indian Kuldeep Yadav</strong></p>
<p>With 63 scalps in 39 matches, this spinner finished the year strong and was unplayable. 49 of them were from ODIs, while the remaining 14 came from T20Is. His highest bowling stat was 5/17.</p>
<p><strong>Mitchell Starc, an Australian</strong></p>
<p>Although the ‘World Cup Year Starc’ did not live up to the hype, he still had a fantastic year with the ball, taking four wickets in the WTC final, leading the Ashes in wickets taken with 23, and winning the Cricket World Cup (16 wickets). Having taken 59 wickets in 22 games before the end of the year, his best stats were 5/33. In ODIs, he claimed 25 wickets while in Tests, he collected 34.</p>
<p>Starc further cemented his status as an Australian great by saving his very best for the World Cup knockout stages, the Ashes, and the WTC final.</p>
<p><strong>Coetzee Gerald (South Africa)</strong></p>
<p>This year, Coetzee made his debut in all forms. He has been an incredible success for the Proteas, claiming 46 wickets in 20 matches, with the highest figures being 4/44. Nine in Tests, thirty-one in ODIs, and six in T20Is were claimed by Coetzee.</p>
<p>With the most number of wickets by a Proteas bowler in a single tournament edition (20 wickets), Coetzee’s debut in the Cricket World Cup was unforgettable as he led the Proteas to the semifinals.</p>
<p><strong>Mohammed Shami, an Indian</strong></p>
<p>With the ball in his hand, Shami spat poison, even if the veteran bowler had to sit out a little of this season owing to the rise of youthful talent. In 23 international matches, he finished with 56 wickets, the highest of which was 7/57. In Test cricket, only 13 of these wickets were obtained.</p>
<p>With his remarkable 24-wicket campaign and his rapid rise to the top of the wicket-taking tables in only seven matches, Shami had an incredible World Cup 2023. 7/57 was his best score.</p>
<p>With 28 wickets in 17 matches, he also won the IPL 2023 “Purple Cap” for most wickets.</p>
<p><strong>Australian Pat Cummins</strong></p>
<p>This year, the Australian captain silenced all of his detractors with displays of composure and elegance both as a player and a leader. With the WTC championship, the Ashes title, and the ICC Cricket World Cup title, he accomplished the three-peat for Australia and excelled in each of these significant competitions.</p>
<p>Cummins had the best bowling stats of 6/91 at the conclusion of the season, having taken 49 wickets in 23 games. Of these wickets, 17 came from ODIs and 32 from Tests.</p>
<p>In the Ashes and World Cup, Cummins also turned in some noteworthy at-bat performances. This year, he scored 393 runs at an average of 21.83 in 26 innings. His instant classic debut Ashes Test score of 44* against England and his World Cup double-century stand of 12* with Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan immediately spring to mind.</p>

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