Although cricket is a team sport, instances of individuals putting up brilliant performances to steer their teams single-handedly to victory are commonplace. Here’s the list of such top 10 performers who made it happen for India consistently in the ongoing season.
- Virat Kohli:
The legend of Kohli, as a leader and a batsman, continued to grow stronger in this season. The Delhi-based top order batsman demolished attacks in all formats, amassing 2,818 runs in total at an average of 68.73. Add 11 centuries to it, the record is simply outstanding. Kohli led his team to wins in all series across all formats played in 2017, the only exception being the ICC Champions Trophy final where inspired Pakistani were victorious.
Rohit is an exceptional batsman and with over 1,800 runs across all formats at an average of 64.03, it is easy to understand why. Not to forget, he was striking at over 100 throughout the season.
The Gabbar of Indian cricket continued with his purple patch amassing 1,637 runs across the three formats at a healthy average of 50.
Despite being out of favour in the shorter formats, the off-spinner is still indispensable for India’s long-term prospects in tests, as his 50-plus test wickets in the season will suggest. Remarkably, he did it in the previous two seasons as well.
- Jasprit Bumrah:
The year saw the emergence of Jasprit Bumrah as the pace spearhead of India in all three formats. He capped the year off with 39 wickets in 23 ODIs to be the third highest wicket-takers in 2017.
India’s first and only left-arm “Chinaman” bowler, Kuldeep had a dream start to his career. He decimated the Aussies in Dharamsala test and went to take 34 scalps in 22 encounters at an impressive economy rate.
Yuzvendra Chahal continues to be an enigma for batsmen, especially in the shorter versions of the game, as he accounted for 23 dismissals in 11 T20Is, the highest for any bowler in the ongoing season.
- Ravindra Jadeja:
Like Ashwin, Jadeja has been sidelined for ODIs and T20Is but he continues to be the best bet in the longer version. In 10 tests, Jadeja picked up 54 wickets through sheer guile and deception.
- Cheteshwar Pujara:
In 2017 too, Pujara went about his task, providing stability to the Indian batting and making runs in plenty, in a low key fashion. He featured in all 11 tests India played in the season and contributed 1,140 runs and averaged 67.05.
- MS Dhoni:
The wicketkeeper-batsman has so much of cricket left in him, as he went on to score 632 runs at an average of 79 this year.