Top 3 Indian Run-Getters and Wicket-Takers in ODIs in 2019

The Indian Cricket team led by Virat Kohli won the third and final game in Cuttack to win the ODI series against West Indies 2-1. Doing so they have capped off the year on a winning note. This year was a memorable year for Indian cricket for reasons more than one. India’s top three-starred with the bat as the Indian team re-established the fact that they are currently the best chasing team in the world. Also, two of the top five wickets takers are Indian bowlers. India finished 2019 as the second-ranked team in 2019 ICC rankings. The Indian batting continues to be their main strength, however, we saw the Indian bowling and their all-round aspect of the game increasing massively this year. 

As the year 2019 gets to a close here is a look at the top three run-getters and wicket-takers for India. 

Rohit Sharma (1490 runs in 28 matches)

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Indian opener Rohit Sharma ended up as the highest run-getter this year with 1490 runs from 28 games averaging 89.92. He started the year by scoring a century (133) against Australia in Sydney. Then came the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, in which he upped his game by a few notches. He scored 5 centuries in the tournament, thus becoming the first player to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. He also ended up as the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 648 runs from 9 matches. India then played against West Indies at home and away in a limited-overs series. While he didn’t have any big scores in the Caribbean, he ended up with scores of 159 and 63 to help India win the series at home. Rohit also hit six fifty-plus scores in the process 

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Virat Kohli (1377 runs in 26 matches)

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Throughout the year, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were at par with each other in terms of run-scoring. Both of them scoring over 1300 runs each in the ODIs highlights their consistency and domination throughout the year. The two pillars out of India’s top three Kohli and Rohit complemented each other perfectly whether batting first or chasing. His 1377 runs include five hundreds and seven-fifty plus scores with a score of 123 against Australia in Ranchi his highest for this year. He also scored four fifty-plus scores in the 2019 World Cup and seven in total. He finished with an average of 96.36. Three of his five centuries this year have come against Australia. 

MS Dhoni (600 runs in 18 games)

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Former Indian skipper who is missing from international cricket after the World Cup has scored the most runs among the Indian batsmen after Rohit and Kohli. From 18 games he has a tally of 600 runs with six fifties averaging 60. He scored three back to back fifties against Australia in Australia to start the year. He played a big role in helping India whitewash Australia in all three formats earlier this year in Australia in what was a historic achievement in Indian cricket. Two of his other three fifties came in the World Cup including one in the semi-final against New Zealand. India won every match in which Dhoni scored a fifty barring the one against the Kiwis in the semi-final of the World Cup.

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Apart from Rohit Kohli and Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are the other top-scores for India this year. While Dhawan has scored 587 runs for India this year, Rahul has scored 583.

Now let’s have a look at the top-three wicket-takers for India this year.

Mohammad Shami (42 wickets in 21 matches)

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2019 was a memorable year for Mohammad Shami, especially in the white-ball game. His prowess in the red-ball game made the management to think about his inclusion in India’s 2019 World Cup squad and the move paid off big time. He ended up as the second-highest wicket-taker for India with 14 wickets and by the end of the year with 42 wickets, surpassed the likes of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson in the wickets tally. His tally of wickets included a hat-trick against Afghanistan to help India win the game by defending a modest total. Shami was full of pace this year and maintained an immaculate line and length as well to create problems for the batsmen. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (33 wickets from 19 matches)

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now made himself an automatic pick in the Indian limited-overs side. Alongside Shami, who led the Indian attack this year, Bhuvi quietly went through his business of doing the job from the other end. He picked up 33 wickets from just 19 games, as injuries played their part in limiting him from playing any more matches this year. 10 of his 33 wickets came in the World Cup and Bhuvi has not been a part of the Indian squad after India’s ODI series against West Indies in the Carribean after the world cup. His economy of 5.23 was the best among the Indian bowlers in the list. Bhuvi currently is undergoing strength and conditioning at the NCA owing to his hamstring injury which has kept him out of the team for the South Africa T20I series followed by the T20I series against Bangladesh at home and also the recently completed T20I and ODI series against West Indies at home as well.

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Kuldeep Yadav (32 wickets from 23 matches) 

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After having a forgettable 2019 World Cup when Kuldeep was smashed all-round the park, he did well to finish the year with 32 wickets from 23 matches. Often kept out of the side due to India’s strategy of going in with just one wrist-spinner when Kohli preferred Chahal over Kuldeep, he did well in whatever opportunities came his way. He and Chahal went neck and neck throughout the year, however, he crossed Chahal in the tally when he picked up a hat-trick against West Indies in the second game in Visakhapatnam. He is sitting now on 99 ODI wickets and is just one away from being the quickest Indian bowler to 100 wickets. 

Yuzvendra Chahal with 29 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah with 25 wickets are the other to bowlers who have taken the most wickets among the Indian bowlers apart from the above-mentioned names.

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