Cricket in 2018: Best T20I batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the year

Cricket in 2018: Best T20I batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the year

Like every year, some players shook the cricket world with their scintillating performances, making them the best performers of the year.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

We are at the end of 2018 and it was another cracking year of cricket. From fans to cricketers, these twelve months were exciting as well as resilient. From Tests to T20Is, we witnessed a lot of closely fought matches across formats and in all parts of the world thus, keeping the followers on their toes throughout the year. There were plenty of records broken as well as some milestones achieved by the teams and their respective players.

Meanwhile, despite numerous T20 leagues taking place around the world, the main focus remains on international cricket. In 2018, as many as 80 T20 internationals were played, featuring all the top teams as well as players. There were the likes of Rohit Sharma, Rashid Khan and several others who excelled with the bat as well as ball. And there were some players who shook the cricket world with their scintillating performances, making them the best performers of the year.

As a part of Cricket in 2018 – here are the best T20I batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the year:

Best Batsman- Babar Azam

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With 138 rating points, Pakistan finished 2018 as number one T20I ranked side and much of the credit goes to their batting heavyweight, Babar Azam, who probably was the best T20 batsman of the year as well. The 24-year-old in spite of not being a big stroke-maker has been performing extremely well in the shorter version of the game. At a gigantic average of 62.55, he scored 563 runs in the 12 matches during 2018.

The right-handed batsman fired six fifties while surprisingly didn’t hit even a single six in the whole year, and this is what largely defines how calmly he has been scoring runs. One of his brilliant knocks included an unbeaten 97 runs against West Indies in Karachi. He helped Pakistan post a mammoth 205-run total, steering them to a 124-run win.