Cricket in 2018: Best ODI XI of the year
It was another year when Virat Kohli bossed the bowlers and Rashid Khan made life miserable for the batsmen as well as bowlers.
Updated - Dec 31, 2018 4:18 pm
A total of 127 One-Day International matches were played in the year 2018. Most teams focused on the 50-overs format since it is the year of the World Cup. There was a lot of emphasis on featuring as many prospective players as possible and even the experienced names were recalled in the team. The team that played most matches in the year was Zimbabwe at 26, then there was England at 24, India and Afghanistan at 20 each.
The Indian team played most matches overseas and still maintained the highest win percentage at 75, England closely followed them at 73 and New Zealand at 66. Among batsmen, it was once again Virat Kohli’s year with the bat as he scored tons of runs and accomplished quite a few milestones, with the ball it was Rashid Khan who took the honours as the highest wicket-taker. Among all-rounders as well Rashid ended the year at the top of the rankings.
As a part of Cricket in 2018: here we take a look at the best ODI XI of the year:
1. Rohit Sharma (India)
The Mumbai batsman is unquestionably one of the most consistent openers in ODI cricket today. Rohit Sharma started his career as a middle-order batsman but it really took off after being promoted to the top order. The elegant right-hander is known for starting his innings in a calmly manner but is literally unstoppable once he sets himself in.
In 19 ODIs this year, the 31-year-old has piled up 1030 runs at an unbelievable average of nearly 74. The vice-captain of the Indian team has also crunched five centuries in this period, his highest score was 162 against the Windies. Rohit has been slotted in the opening spot, having such impressive numbers.