2018 is nearing its end and there have been several scintillating batting performances in ODI cricket this year. Many records have been made and many others broken. Some new stars have emerged and some legends have just grown in stature.
Overall, 2018 has been a happy year for the batsmen all over the world. A total of 180 centuries and 306 fifties have been scored in the year. Which is actually disappointing for the bowlers around the world. After T20 format has come this is the scenario in ODI cricket, bowlers getting hit for huge scores
In this modern era with batsmen dominating bowlers with their explosive stroke play, the batting averages have soared up manifold. Here, we look at the top 5 batting averages in 2018 in ODI cricket (minimum 15 innings):
#5 Shikhar Dhawan (49.83)
The southpaw from Delhi had a dream run in ODIs in 2018, bulldozing oppositions at ease all over the world. Scoring an aggregate of 897 runs from 19 innings at a blazing strike rate of 102.28, Dhawan stands fifth in the list with an average of 49.83. He has been one of the best openers for Indian Cricket team till now and has been a consistent perform in ODI cricket
He had 3 hundreds and 2 fifties to his name in 2018, with a highest score of 127. With a total of 127 fours and 11 sixes, Dhawan scored 63.99% of his runs in boundaries.
Going forward, much is expected from him and his partnership with Rohit Sharma, which has blossomed consistently since 2013. So far they have been one of the most consistent opening pairs in ODIs, and if they manage to continue doing what they have been doing so far, India are all set to set the stage on fire in the 2019 World Cup.
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