CricTracker fan poll – 5 Best ODI batsmen of the year
by Ankit Editor
Published - Dec 24, 2016 10:37 am | Updated - Dec 24, 2016 10:37 am
As the sixteenth year of the second millennial approaches its end we take a look back at what and how things happened on the cricket field. With the exciting dose of World T20 right at the start of the season it was all set to be a stupendous year for the lovers of the game and it definitely proved to be. We gave CricTracker fans an opportunity to pick the best ODI batsmen of the year among the five top names and with almost 4000 voters participating it was a fair poll to crown the best batter from amongst the best.
2016 witnessed a more even contest between the bat and the ball. But a certain few batsmen enjoyed unprecedented success. While the year ended with some enriching Test match experience there were enough ODI action to complement the other two forms. The fans witnessed some nerve-wracking 50-over matches and exuberant batting displays. Here are the fan’s choice 5 best ODI batsmen of 2016
5. Alex Hales – 1% votes
In Alex Hales England got an explosive opener who has been a pioneer in the change the Brits wish to make in their style of play. He is one of the watch the ball hit the ball kind of players and doesn’t quite believe in the age old saying or respecting the bowler and the ball. Hales played a total of 14 matches in the year and scored 743 runs and was second only to Root in the leading run-scorers in the format in 2016 among English players.
The 171-run knock that he played against Pakistan helped the team scale the highest ODI total of 444 runs. Towards the end of the year, he preferred to skip the tour of Bangladesh but will once again be a key member of Eoin Morgan’s team when they play the ODI series in India. Hales successfully maintained an average of 61.91 with a striking rate of 101.36. He has three centuries and four half tons to his credit in the year as well.
Hales clearly wasn’t among the fan favourites and secured the least 1% votes in the poll.