2019 was always billed up as one of the big years in cricket. After all, 50-overs World Cup takes place after every four years and this was the World Cup year. World Cup is arguably the most-watched cricketing tournament in the world. It also meant that all the major cricket nations focused extensively on the 50-over format and that helped to bring the best out of batsmen, which in turn gave us the pleasure of watching some of the best knocks in the format. Take a look at Top 5 ODI knocks of 2019:

Ben Stokes, 84* v New Zealand

Ben Stokes had conceded four sixes and also the 2016 T20 World Cup to West Indies at Eden Gardens in 2016. But, he swayed away all the dark memories of the loss with his match-defining unbeaten 84 off 98 deliveries in the 2019 World Cup final , which helped England tie the game while chasing a target of 242 runs at the Lord’s. In the super over as well, Stokes made eight runs off three balls to help England make 15 runs. On the biggest stage possible, he played a key role and helped England in winning their first-ever 50-over World Cup. Add to that, the pleasure of doing so at home. Forget about 2019, the memorable knock of Stokes’ will be remembered for ages given it came in the most thrilling World Cup finale of all-time.

Rohit Sharma, 140 v Pakistan

Rohit Sharma had a record-breaking 2019 Cricket World Cup. He smashed all records on his way to five centuries in a single edition of the ICC’s showpiece event. Fans of both India and Pakistan had marked June 16 as the big day of 2019 with arch-rivals, India and Pakistan clashing the World Cup title. Rohit made it count with 140 runs off just 113 deliveries. He stroked 14 fours and 3 sixes at the Manchester. His brilliant knock propelled India to 336 runs, which proved too much for Pakistan. Rohit played some audacious strokes and his upper cut which went all the way for a six also gave Indian fans a dose of nostalgia by reminding them of Sachin Tendulkar’s effortless six against Shoaib Akhtar in 2003 World Cup.

Eoin Morgan, 148 v Afghanistan

English skipper, Eoin Morgan completely destroyed Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Manchester when he blasted 148 runs against them off just 71 balls in the World Cup. The southpaw batted at a strike-rate of 208.45 and powered England to a total of 397 runs. Morgan smashed 17 sixes to take home the record of most sixes by any batsman in an ODI innings. It was a six-hitting masterclass by the Dublin-born batsman and he didn’t even spare Rashid Khan, who recorded the worst figures- 9-0-110-0 in the World Cup history, all thanks to Morgan’s brutal attack against him, which included as many as seven sixes. Interestingly enough, Morgan was a doubtful starter going into the match.

Jos Buttler, 150 v West Indies

Jos Buttler is the most destructive batsman in ODI cricket. West Indies learned that the hard way when English gloveman took them to the cleaners during the 4th ODI in Barbados with a 77-ball-150 run knock that helped England make 418 runs. Buttler blasted 13 fours and 12 sixes. He moved from 50 to 100 runs in 15 merely deliveries to leave everyone in awe of his breathtaking skills. The right-hander had combined in a mammoth partnership of 204 runs for the fourth-wicket with skipper, Eoin Morgan, who also made a century. West Indies gave England a scare as they fell short of the target by 29 runs.

Usman Khawaja, 100 v India

Replacing David Warner is never easy. But Usman Khawaja relished the role and made a big contribution in Australia’s ODI series win in India, earlier, this year. The ODI series was leveled at 2-2 coming into the 5th ODI in Delhi but Khawaja made an exceptional ton on a sluggish pitch to help Australia win their first ODI series since January 2017. The Aussie left-hander was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match and also the Man-of-the-series for his invaluable contribution. He scored 100 runs off 106 deliveries with 10 fours and two sixes and dealt swiftly with each and every challenge thrown at him. On the back of his knock, Australia posted a total of 272 runs, which was too much for the hosts.

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