Rating top 10 current batsmen in all formats irrespective of ICC rankings
These batsmen have been consistent across more than one format at least.
Updated - Sep 16, 2019 11:58 am
Currently, there is a lot of tussle going on to become the top batsmen in the Tests with Steve Smith making a roaring comeback to the format. Virat Kohli has ruled the charts over the last 16 months or so while Kane Williamson and Cheteshwar Pujara were the other two players in the top three. But Smith has leapfrogged both of them easily and is now standing only six points adrift of Kohli who is at the top.
However, when all the formats are taken into consideration for rankings, a lot of things change. Not many batsmen are able to be consistent across the formats. Some have been exceptional in only one of the formats and given the demands of modern cricket, it takes a lot out of a batsman to play all three formats leave alone being consistent.
ICC has introduced ranking systems separately for each facet of the game across all the three formats. However, which batsmen will come in top 10 if a common ranking is to be given across all the formats.
Here we bring you top 10 batsmen across all formats irrespective of ICC rankings:
10. David Warner
David Warner has been around for more than a decade now. The left-handed opener has been one of the most successful all-format players for Australia in this decade. Warner made his T20I and ODI debut in January 2009 but it took him almost three years to get his maiden Test cap.
However, since then, he hasn’t looked back. Warner is a mainstay for Australia across all formats and is a critical member at the top of the order. The New South Wales batsman has amassed over 13,000 runs in international cricket. He averages in excess of 45 in both ODIs and Tests. He is the often the enforcer at the top for the Aussies.
The southpaw was banned for 12 months in the wake of the ball-tampering fiasco in March 2018. However, he has made a successful return to international cricket. He was the second-highest run-getter in World Cup this year. He showed excellent consistency even in the IPL as he finished as the leading run-getter and won the Orange Cap. The 32-year-old opener may be struggling for form in the longest format but it won’t be long before he gets runs.
Hence, in the last few years, Warner has been the backbone of the Australian side in all three formats. They struggled quite a bit in his absence which shows Warner’s importance.