Sportskeeda Cricket Awards 2018: ODI Batsman of the Year
Its that time of the year when we get to analyze who are the best performers in the game in various categories and formats. In ODIs, 2018 has witnessed some phenomenal matches and some brilliant individual performances.
England's resurgence in ODI cricket has paved way for many of their players to find a place in the list of 'Top run-getters in ODIs for 2018'. There is also a heavy presence of Indian batsmen on the list.
Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Fakhar Zaman, Shai Hope, and Brendan Taylor are having an impressive 2018 with the bat. These players have scored more than 800 in the calendar year so far and were consistent.
Here in this article, we take a look at the top ODI batsmen of 2018.
#3 Joe Root
England is arguably the team to beat in ODIs at the moment. They have lost just one ODI series in 2018 and that too a truncated one against Scotland. They are the World No.1 team in ODIs right now and completely deserves it. They have some exceptional limited-overs players and they all are having a good 2018.
Though they have phenomenal hitters like Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes, one player definitely stand out and it is none other than Joe Root. The 27-year-old has scored 946 runs at an average of 59.12 and a strike rate of 83.93.
He has hit three hundreds and five fifties in 2018 and was hugely consistent. Despite his brilliant year in ODIs, Root is only the fourth highest run-getter in 2018 and has very little or no chance of winnings the ODI Batsman of the Year award.