Best XI across all formats in 2019
One of the biggest challenges of modern-day cricket is to adapt to different formats and continue to be consistent and successful in each one of them.
Published - Dec 26, 2019 2:42 pm | Updated - Dec 26, 2019 2:42 pm
It’s the dusk of another year. 2019 is coming to a close and only two international matches are yet to be completed – both of them being Boxing Day Tests, one in Australia and one in South Africa. Including those two, a total of 491 international matches have been played in 2019.
One of the biggest challenges of modern-day cricket is to adapt to different formats and continue to be consistent and successful in each one of them. Switching formats is not easy but there are certain players who’ve mastered the art. They have shown that they can perform in all three formats consistently.
Thus, after 36 Tests, 149 ODIs and 306 T20Is in 2019, we take a look at the Best XI across all formats from 2019:
(Note: Stats updated till 25th December)
1. Rohit Sharma
Without a doubt, 2019 was Rohit Sharma’s year. Be it white-ball or red-ball cricket, Rohit was simply outstanding throughout the year. He had an outstanding World Cup and reinvented himself in the longest format of the game.
In ODI cricket, India’s white-ball vice-captain finished as the leading run-getter in 2019. He amassed 1490 runs which included seven tons, five of which came in the 2019 World Cup where he finished as the highest run-scorer. He had a rather sedate time in T20Is as he made 396 runs at an average of 28.28 and a strike-rate of 138.46.
However, it is Test cricket that was the format that Rohit would’ve enjoyed the most. He’s constantly been in and out of the Test side and there’s barely been any consistency. But the move to open the batting worked wonders just like white-ball cricket. Rohit opened in five Test matches and made 556 runs at an average 92.66 which included three tons. Overall, he was the second-highest run-getter across formats in 2019 as he made 2442 runs and scored 10 international hundreds, most by an opener in a calendar year.