Cricket-21 ODI Team of the Year 2016

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99 ODIs have been played between 16 nations across 48 venues in the last 365 days, which is the 2nd least since 2000 as far as no of ODIs played in a calendar year. Australia (29) has played the maximum number of ODIs followed by Sri Lanka (19), England (18) and New Zealand (18). It has been a year of transitions after a string of retirements . At the end of the year, Australia, South Africa and India end up being ranked at the top three of the ICC ODI Team Rankings.

David Warner tops the chart for the leading run scorer for the year. Imran Tahir’s 27 scalps from his 15 ODIs was a lot more effective to make him feature in our ODI team of the year in place of Adam Zampa, the 2016 debutant who scalped 30 wickets to finish at the top for leading wicket taker of the year.

Cricket-21 ODI Team of the Year

Cricket-21 ODI Team of the Year Bench

#1 – David Warner

The Australian opener is the most successful opening batsman in ODIs this year. He scored seven centuries in this calendar year alone. He also recorded the most number of tons by an Australian batsman in a year. Out of the 23 innings he played this year, 11 times he has gone past 50+ scores.

In the Chappell – Hadlee Trophy, the left-hander scored 299 runs from the three innings he played.  He scored two centuries from those three game and powered Australia to a 3-0 series victory.

Most centuries by an opener in a calendar year

#2 – Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock played what could be called the ODI innings of the year against Australia. His 178 runs, the second highest individual score by a South African batsman in ODIs helped South Africa chase down a total of 295 runs in 37 overs. He was also the leading run scorer for South Africa in the ODI series against England. His brilliant performance provided the series victory for South Africa 3-2 at home.

Top Two highest Run Scorers as Openers in 2016

#3 – Virat Kohli

Kohli has scored 739 runs at an average of 92.4 in this year. His recorded the best average in ODIs for any batsman in 2016 having played minimum of 10 matches. He scored 7 fifty plus scores from his 10 innings he played this year. He scored at a strike rate of 100.0, which also registers his career best strike rate in a calendar year in ODIs.

Virat Kohli Batting in 2016

#4 – Steven Smith

Steven Smith is second leading run scorer for Australia in ODIs this year. He has scored ten 50+ scores from his 25 innings in 2016. This year he has scored most 50+ scores in a calendar year in his career. In the ten games that Smith scored over fifty , Australia has gone on to win on eight occasions highlighting Smith’s impact.

Steven Smith Batting in 2016

#5 – Babar Azam

The 22-year-old earned his Test and T20I call up this year after his consistent performances in ODIs. He scored three consecutive centuries against West Indies in the three-match ODI series in UAE which helped his side white-wash the visitors 3-0.

Most Man of the Match (MOM) Awards in 2016 – In ODIs

Babar Azam Batting in 2016

#6 – Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler is the leading run scorer for a batsman batting at #6 in ODIs in this year. The wicket-keeper batsman has been the best finisher in ODIs this year. His strike rate in the death overs (41-50) is the best among those players who have scored a minimum of 100 runs in the phase.

Jos Buttler Batting at #6 in 2016

Best SR in last 10 overs in 2016– (Min 100 runs)

#7- Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh is the only player to take 20 or more wickets and score over 500 runs this year in ODIs, making him the fifth Australian to achieve the feat. The all-rounder scored four fifties and he also scored a career best of 102* against India at Sydney.

Mitchell Marsh Batting in 2016

Mitchell Marsh Bowling in 2016

#8 – John Hastings

It’s been a great year for this right-arm quickie who scalped 29 wickets at an average of 24.1 from 15 ODIs. He recorded his career best figures of 6/45 against Sri Lanka this year, during the 4th ODI at Dambulla. Hastings is the second leading wicket taker in ODIs, and he is the leading wicket taker amongst pacers in ODIs this year.

John Hastings Bowling in 2016

#9 – Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starch is the player of the tournament during the World cup 2015. He continued his sublime form in 2016 as well. The left-arm pacer has filled the void left by Mitchell Johnson, recording the best average amongst pacers who have played over 10 ODIs in 2016.

Mitchell Starc in 2016

#10 – Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket taker among pacers in all three formats for South Africa in 2016. The 21-year-old right-arm pacer played a major role for South Africa’s three series wins in ODIs this year against England, Australia and Ireland. His figures of 4/45 against England at Johannesburg in the 4th ODI helped South Africa level the series 2-2, by which they eventually went on to the win the series 3-2.

Kagiso Rabada bowling in 2016 in ODIs

#11 – Imran Tahir

The right-arm spinner made a reputation for himself as one of the best limited-overs  spinners in 2016. He achieved the feat of being the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets in style, claiming 7 for 45 against West Indies at Basseterre. He finished this year as the leading wicket-taker for South Africa. Of the 27 wickets he has picked, 11 of them have been top-order wickets, the second most after John Hastings who has 12 top-order wickets in ODIs this year.

Imran Tahir in 2016

#12 – Adam Zampa

Despite being leading wicket-taker of this year, Adam Zampa does not find a spot in Cricket-21’s team of the year.  After a successful stint in both the ODI and T20 domestic season, he was on the flight to the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, in which he was the top wicket-taker for Australia.

He followed his successful run in IPL by picking up more wickets. He recorded his best figures of 6 for 19 for the Rising Pune Super Giants, which was the second best figures in the tournament’s history. Zampa’s performance this year has left cricket fans expecting more from him in the years to come.

Adam Zampa Bowling in 2016

#13 – Joe Root

Joe Root, the leading run scorer for England in ODIs this year, has been one of the most reliable batsmen batting in the middle overs in the limited overs game. With eight 50+ scores, the English batsman features right after David Warner and Steven Smith in most 50+ scores in this calendar year in ODIs.

Most Runs in Overs 11 to 40 in 2016

#14 – Dinesh Chandimal

Dinesh Chandimal has been the only Sri Lankan to feature in the top 10 runs scorers in this calendar year, equaling Babar Azam’s 656 runs. He has scored eight fifty plus scores from his 12 innings batting at #4, and has also contributed 19.4% of his team’s runs in 2016 in ODIs. Chandimal enjoys batting at number four in ODIs, he has an average of 65.3, the most amongst the top number four batsmen this year.

Dinesh Chandimal Batting at #4 in 2016

#15 – Trent Boult

The Kiwi left-arm pacer features in the top-five leading wicket takers in 2016 in ODIs. His six wickets in the two games against Pakistan early this year were pivotal for the Kiwis in winning the three –match series. His tally of 27 wickets is way ahead of the second leading wicket taker for New Zealand, Matt Henry who has 20 wickets.

Trent Boult bowling in 2016 in ODIs





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