Team-wise hit and flop player of the year in ODIs
The players in the list had contrasting fortunes on the field in 2019.
Published - Jan 1, 2020 4:43 pm | Updated - Jan 1, 2020 4:43 pm
2019 presented some jaw-dropping rivalries in ODIs. A number of matches went right down to the wire and kept the viewers at the edge of their seats. It was also the year when the 2019 edition of the World Cup took centre-stage in England and Wales. And it turned out to be an exciting one. The Brits lifted the title, beating New Zealand in the Final at the renowned Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Eoin Morgan’s men also finished as ICC’s top-ranked ODI team. Apart from England, the other teams also put forth some sterling shows. India and Australia showed a fair bit of domination. Delving deep into their performances, there were players, who stood out. Nevertheless, 2019 wasn’t a happy ride for a number of them. The under-achievers kept looking for rhythm without much of a success.
In the article, let’s take a look at the team-wise hit and flop of 2019: –
Hit- Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer was fast-tracked in to the England team and the move paid rich dividends. The Barbados-born was their leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, having gotten 20 wickets. The seamer would mostly be known for the Super Over he bowled in the Final to give his team the title.
In 2019, Archer finished with 23 wickets in 14 matches at a decent average of 24.73. The fact that he managed an economy of 4.63, especially while bowling on batting-friendly decks, speaks volumes about his potential. A number of batsmen also had to bear the brunt of his vicious bouncers.
Flop- Moeen Ali
2019 turned out to be equivalent to a nightmare for Moeen Ali. The all-rounder could make an impact, neither with bat nor with his off-breaks. In the year, he played 14 matches and crawled to 145 runs at a rather disastrous average of 18.12. It would be fair to say that nothing went his way.
With the leather, the veteran got a mere six wickets at an average and strike-rate of 98 and 92 respectively. His poor form in the World Cup also led to his exclusion. Out of 11 matches in the mega event, the 32-year-old took part in only five games where he scored 75 runs and picked five wickets.