There is no doubt in saying that 2019 has been a great year for all the cricket fans across the world. Many electrifying performances with the bat and ball have left a long-lasting impact on the spectators. While Virat Kohli continued to prove his batting prowess in the international cricket, Babar Azam and Rohit Sharma have also made their mark in the world cricket with some of their best innings. With so many excellent performances by world-class batsmen, it is difficult to choose who is the best among the rest. Let us have a look at the top five batsmen of this year who set the stage on fire:
This cricketer needs no introduction as his actions speak louder than his words. He is none other than, Virat Kohli who conquered all the odds against him with his exceptional batting style in all three formats of the game. Not so surprisingly, the Indian skipper has successfully edged past all his competitors in the world cricket to reach at the top of the batting charts this year. The run-machine Kohli has scored 2,370 runs in 2019. In the red-ball cricket, Kohli amassed 612 runs, while in the one day internationals, he scored 1292 runs. One of the fittest players in the current Indian cricket team, Kohli accumulated 466 runs in the shortest format of the game.
After Virat Kohli another Indian batsman, who created havoc in the world cricket with his brilliant batting performances, is Rohit Sharma. The 32-year-old Indian opener has become the second-best batsman of the world in 2019 with 2,220 runs. In 2019, the Hitman scored 556 runs in Test cricket, 1268 runs in ODIs and 396 runs in T20Is. Sharma has broken many records in this year. In the ICC World Cup 2019, he scored five tons for his team. With the record-breaking centuries in the showpiece event, Sharma became the first-ever batsman in the world cricket who slammed five tons in the single edition of a World Cup.
One of the most talented batsmen of Pakistan, Babar Azam has gained immense popularity among the fans in his short career stint . The 25-year-old right-hander has given many nightmares to the classic bowlers of the world with his dauntless batting style. However, the youngster has been failed to stop Pakistan from falling in the international cricket against the teams like Australia, Sri Lanka and many others. But his performances won the hearts of millions. Babar Azam has scored a total of 1,922 runs in 2019. As far as the Test cricket is concerned, the spectacular batsman has amassed 456 runs in this year. In the 50-over format, Azam came up with career-best 1092 runs, while in T20Is, he scored 374 runs.
The Kiwi cricketer Ross Taylor has also secured his place in the list of top five batsmen of the year with his astonishing knocks. The experienced cricketer has played many unforgettable innings for his team in the ODI format. Whenever he got a chance to prove himself in the international cricket, he has given his best. With a total of 1820 runs in his account, Taylor showcased his importance. He scored 601 runs in the Tests and 943 runs in the ODIs this year. His tally stood at 276 runs in T20Is.
5. Joe Root
England’s star Joe Root is one of the very few batsmen in the international cricket who can play according to the situations. The 28-year-old right-handed batsman gives his best when it comes to leading the squad in the Test cricket. This year, Root has slammed a total of 1790 runs in the international cricket. He scored 774 runs in the longest format of the game. On the other hand, in the one day internationals, he slammed 910 runs. He scored 106 runs in T20Is.