Virat Kohli to Pat Cummins: Cricketers who made a mark in 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

Virat Kohli to Pat Cummins: Cricketers who made a mark in 2023 | Cricket News - Times of India

In cricket, the year 2023 saw several players emerge as true examples of skill, consistency and match-winning performances. Across all formats, these players have shown exceptional talent, mesmerizing fans and pundits alike.
From brilliant batting to devastating bowling spells and agile fielding, these great performers have left an indelible mark on the cricket landscape.
was one of the most notable events of the year. Australia A three-peat with the ICC World Test Championship, victory in the Ashes and winning the ODI World Cup. Moreover, India’s impressive performance on home turf, the heartbreaking World Cup final defeat against Australia and Virat Kohli Overtaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 50 ODI centuries was among the highlights of the year.
Let’s take a look at some of the top performers of the year:
Virat Kohli (India)
India’s star batsman has quite the redemption in 2023 after a great run in 2020-22. Virat broke records with the bat day in and day out, left and right, sometimes even on a few days off. Be it becoming the first batsman to hit 50 ODI centuries, scoring 765 runs for the best ever campaign by a batsman in this year’s Cricket World Cup, or chasing legendary batting figures of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. However, Virat has given many reasons. Let India call him its ‘goat’ and follow his every step.
In total, in seven Tests that year, Virat scored 557 runs at an average of 55.70 with two centuries and a fifty in 10 innings. His best score was 186.
In 27 ODIs this year, Virat scored 1,377 runs at an average of 72.47 and a strike rate of 99.13 with the help of six centuries and eight half-centuries in just 24 innings. His best score is 166.
Finally, in all 34 internationals so far this year, Virat has scored 1,934 runs at an average of 66.68 with eight centuries and nine fifties in 34 innings. With the batsman playing the Test series against South Africa, he can cross the 2,000-run mark during the Boxing Day Test at Centurion from December 26 this year.
Virat also excelled in the IPL, scoring 639 runs in 14 matches at an average of 53.25, including two centuries and six half-centuries, making a statement that he was not finished in T20s.
Shabman Gul (India)
If 2023 belonged to ‘King Kohli’, then the ‘Prince of Indian Cricket’ also started stepping towards greatness and becoming Virat’s successor. Although Gill is still finding his feet in T20Is and Tests, the Punjab batsman has roared in ODIs as well, even becoming the number one ranked batsman.
In five Test matches this year, Gayle scored 230 runs with a century at an average of 32.85. His best score was 128. In 29 ODIs, Gayle scored 1,584 runs with five centuries and nine fifties at an average of 63.36 and a strike rate of over 105. His best score was 208. Gill had a brilliant 2023 in T20, scoring 312 runs in 13 innings at an average of 26.00 with a century and a fifty. His best score is 126*.
In 47 internationals that year, Gayle scored 2,126 runs at an average of 48.31 with seven centuries and 10 fifties.
He was also the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Gujarat Titans, scoring 890 runs in 17 innings at an average of 59.33 with three centuries and four fifties. Gill received the ‘Orange Cap’ for scoring the most runs in this IPL season.
Travis Head (Australia)
Travis Head was Australia’s man for the big moments this year, piling on the runs whenever it mattered most. He gave Team India and its fans sleepless nights with his centuries in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship and the ICC Cricket World Cup, making him a contender for a major ICC Players’ Award.
In 11 Tests that year, he scored 902 runs at an average of 45.10 at an impressive strike rate of 76-over with one century and five half-centuries in 21 innings. His best score was 163. In 13 ODIs that year, Head scored 570 runs at an average of 51.81 and a strike rate of over 133. He scored two centuries and three fifties in 13 innings, with a best score of 137. Over 174, the devastating southpaw scored 209 runs at an average of 34.83 in six T20 matches, including 91 as his only fifty.
In 30 internationals that year, Head scored 1,681 runs with three centuries and nine fifties at an average of 45.43 and a strike rate of over 97. His best score is 163.
Rohit Sharma (India)
‘Hitman’ will be remembered this year as synonymous with selflessness. He led the Men in Blue from the front in the ICC Cricket World Cup with his fearless hitting, which eased the pressure on the batsmen behind him and allowed them to take their time. He led India to a 10-match winning streak in the tournament, ending in heartbreak in the final.
In 27 ODIs, Rohit scored 1,255 runs at an average of 52.29 and a strike rate of over 117, including two centuries and nine fifties to his name. In seven Tests this year, he scored 540 runs at an average of 49.09 with the help of two centuries and two half-centuries in 11 innings. His best score was 120.
In 34 internationals that year, Rohit scored 1,795 runs at an average of 51.28 with four centuries and 11 fifties in 37 innings, with a best score of 131. He also guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to the playoffs of IPL 2023, although his batting was poor.
Aiden Markram (South Africa)
This stylish South African batsman is a leader for the future. In two Test matches, he scored a total of 276 runs at an average of 69.00 this year with a century and a fifty. His best score was 115. In 24 ODIs, he scored 1,033 runs with three centuries and five fifties at an average of 51.55 and a strike rate of over 113. His best score was 175. He also scored a 49-ball ton in the Cricket World Cup, which became the fastest in the history of the tournament until Glenn Maxwell scored a 40-ball ton against Holland. In eight T20Is, he scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and a strike rate of over 162, with a best score of 49.
In 34 internationals that year, Markram scored 1,548 runs at an average of 51.60 with four centuries and six fifties in 36 innings. His IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad as captain and as a batsman was poor though.
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Test specialist Usman Khawaja played a vital role in Australia’s success in the World Test Championship and the Ashes. In 12 Tests that year, he scored 1,168 runs at an average of 55.61 with three centuries and six fifties. His best score was 195*.
Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand)
This late-blooming all-rounder bloomed in its 30s like no other this year. In the absence of skipper Kane Williamson, he served as the batting pillar for the Kiwis this year. In seven Tests, he scored 469 runs at an average of 42.63 with one century and four half-centuries in 13 innings. His best score was 102. In 26 ODIs, he scored 1,204 runs at an average of 52.34 with five centuries and three fifties in 25 innings. His best score was 134. In 15 T20Is, he scored 283 runs at an average of 21.76 with two half-centuries.
Overall he finished as the second most successful batsman of the year with 1,956 runs at an average of 41.61 in 48 matches and 52 innings, with six centuries and nine fifties in 52 innings, with a best score of 134.
Daryl was New Zealand’s second most successful batsman in WC 2023, scoring 552 runs in 10 matches at an average of 69.00 with two centuries and two half-centuries. The all-rounder has scored 1,069 runs at an average of 24.86 in 56 T20 matches for the Kiwis, including five fifties and eight wickets. He is a batting all-rounder. He also took 11 wickets in all formats.
Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
The Australian all-rounder has been on a rampage this year, going after the bowlers with a ball. He played a major role in Australia’s success in the Ashes and the ICC Cricket World Cup.
In four Tests this year, Marsh has scored 403 runs in eight innings with one century and three half-centuries at an average of 67.16 and a strike rate of over 73. His best score was 118. In 20 ODIs this year, Marsh has scored 858 runs at an average of 47.66 with two centuries and five fifties. His best score is 177*. In three T20Is, Marsh scored 186 runs at an average of 186.00, with two fifties and a best score of 92*.
In 27 international matches that year, he scored 1,447 runs at an average of 57.88 with three centuries and 10 fifties in 31 innings. His best score was 177*. He also took six wickets in all formats this year.
Ravindra Jadeja (India)
The great Indian all-rounder ended the year with 66 international wickets in 35 matches, the most by any bowler that year. Of these, 33 came in Tests, 31 in ODIs and two in T20Is.
Across all formats that year, he scored 613 runs at an average of 30.65, with two half-centuries, the majority of his success in Tests, with 281 runs in seven Tests. His best score is 70.
Jadeja also starred in IPL 2023, scoring the winning runs to lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fifth title. He ended the tournament with a valuable 190 runs in 12 innings and 20 wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav (India)
The spinner was unplayable this year, finishing the year strong with 63 scalps in 39 matches. He took 49 of these in ODIs and the remaining 14 in T20Is, with best bowling figures of 5/17.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
‘World Cup Year Starc’ hasn’t been as formidable as expected, but has had a good year with the ball, leading him to the WTC final (four wickets), the Ashes (23 ) and got success in cricket. World Cup (16 wickets). He ended the year with 59 wickets in 22 matches, with best figures of 5/33. He took 34 wickets in Tests and 25 in ODIs.
Starc enhanced his reputation as an Australian great by saving his best performances for the WTC final, Ashes and World Cup knockout games.
Gerald Coetzee (South Africa)
Coetzee made his debut in all formats this year and what a success story he has been for the Proteas, taking 46 wickets in 20 matches with best figures of 44/4. Coetzee took nine wickets in Tests, 31 in ODIs and six in T20Is.
Coetzee had a memorable start to the Cricket World Cup, leading the Proteas to the semi-finals with a 20-wicket haul, the most by a Proteas bowler in a single edition of the tournament.
Mohammad Shami (India)
Although the veteran fast bowler has had to spend some time on the sidelines this year due to the emergence of young blood, Shami has spewed venom with the ball in his hands. He took 56 wickets in 23 international matches, with best figures of 7/57. Only 13 of these wickets came in Test cricket.
Shami had a memorable World Cup 2023, coming into the middle and stealing the show with a 24-wicket campaign, topping the wicket-taking charts in just seven matches. His best figures were 7/57.
He also bagged the ‘Purple Cap’ for being the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2023 with 28 wickets in 17 matches.
Pat Cummins (Australia)
The Australian captain has silenced his detractors this year, showing extraordinary poise and sheer excellence as both a player and a leader. He achieved a remarkable three-peat for Australia by winning the WTC title, the Ashes and the ODI World Cup title, leaving an indelible mark at each of these major events.
Cummins ended the year with 49 wickets in 23 matches, boasting best bowling figures of 6/91. Notably, 32 of these wickets were in Test matches while the remaining 17 were in ODIs.
Apart from his bowling skills, Cummins made important contributions with the bat during the Ashes and the World Cup, scoring 393 runs in 26 innings at an average of 21.83. Memorable moments include his unbeaten 44 in the first Ashes Test against England and 12 not out during his double-century partnership with Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan in the World Cup.
(With IANS input)

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