5 players who can win Cricketer of the Year in 2019
Two enthralling games of 2019 involved Ben Stokes- the finals of the ICC World Cup 2019 and the memorable Edgbaston Test against Australia
Updated - Feb 17, 2020 1:58 pm
We are nearing the end of yet another calendar year, and it has witnessed some breath-taking and mind-blowing cricketing action. Some of the games played in 2019 have been hailed as the most exciting and thrilling of all time. Two games, in particular, involved Ben Stokes- the finals of the ICC World Cup 2019 and the memorable Edgbaston Test against Australia where he single-handedly defied the visitors with the help of Jack Leach whose 1 run will go down in history books.
England and Australia then played out one of the greatest Test matches of all time, where Ben Stokes and Jack Leach stitched a 76-run stand for the last wicket to seal the deal for England. The seriousness of the situation was such that if Stokes and Leach hadn’t stitched together that partnership England would have lost the series. Although the series ended with a scoreline of 2-2 and the Ashes is still with Australia, Stokes ensured the hosts didn’t lose the series.
The final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 saw New Zealand and the hosts England lock horns in one of the most dramatic games of all time. In the end, it was England who were crowned champions for the first time ever, in a rather controversial manner.
2019 has also seen the start of the ICC World Test Championship, and India are bossing it right now with 240 points from 5 games. India are on top of the Test match rankings, while England are the No. 1 ODI team. In the T20I format, Pakistan occupy the top spot.
On that note, here’s a look at the top five contenders for the Cricketer of the Year award:
5. Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins the Aussie bowling spearhead has been in fine form right through 2019. He ended the year with a total of 99 wickets across formats in this calendar year. Cummins has been in terrific form throughout the year and has picked up a truckload of wickets for Australia. He has established himself as one of the best in the world and is one of the few bowlers who can deliver the goods across all three formats.
Cummins is the No. 1 ranked bowler in Tests and occupies the 4th position in the ICC rankings for bowlers in the 50-over format. His batting is also very useful for the Kangaroos and due to his impressive performances in that area, he is in the top 10 of the all-rounder’s rankings in the longest format of the game.
In eight Test matches this year, Cummins has picked up 43 wickets at a strike rate of 40.5. The 26-year-old’s incredible form was one of the main reasons for Australia retaining the Ashes. In the ODI format, he has picked up 31 wickets in 16 games at a strike rate of 27.3. His economy rate of 4.73 also makes for good reading.
The Sydney-born star’s value has shot up tremendously and it was clearly visible in the recently concluded IPL Auctions where he got bought for a price tag of 15.5 crores by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise, making him the costliest buy ever in the history of the IPL.