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The Best of 2017: 5 top class ODI knocks

The 365 days calendar helped us witness some spectacular knocks. While some OD knocks helped the team to cross the winning line, a few went in vain.

Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli | CricTracker.com
Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ever since the advent of the game of cricket, it has helped populous to witness both actions as well as the interaction of both bat and ball. Batsmen have been groomed to play the ball on merit, meaning having the ability to play through conventional metric or even make a paradigm shift to powerfully lofted shots which were not seen a decade ago. Though the focus still remains to put fortitude to time the ball rather than using sheer power.

After the emergence of T20 cricket, three hundred plus score have easily been amassed in 50 overs cricket, which tells us that cricket has been through a transformation from last decade or so. In the dramatically changed scenario, the game has heavily tilted towards batsmen and it won’t be wrong to term the year 2017, a batting friendly year.

The 365 days calendar helped us witness some spectacular knocks. While some knocks helped the team to cross the winning line, a few went in vain. With 2017 coming to an end, CricTracker brings the top five knocks of the year:

1. Fakhar Zaman – 114 runs vs India

Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan celebrates
Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan celebrates his century in the Champions Trophy final. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Whenever Pakistan play against their arch-rivals India, they always try and notch up their game standards to put up the best performance. Playing his fourth game at the International level, Fakhar Zaman didn’t disappoint anyone and helped his team post a mammoth total of 338 in the Champions Trophy Final. He didn’t let the Indian bowlers take charge as he attacked with some swagger.

Fakhar is known for using his feet against the spinners, and one would have to say, that the 27-year-old lad was able to smash India’s spinner all around the park. In the final encounter, he smashed Ashwin for 45 runs from 33 balls, whereas Jadeja too didn’t have a decent outing as he was smashed for 33 runs off 23 balls. His innings of 114 runs was laced 12 boundaries and 3 long sixes. It was his knock that proved to be the difference and ensured his team lifted the trophy.

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