The Top Cricketers of 2019

From Ben Stokes’ World Cup highs to Virat Kohli’s utter Test dominance — here are the top cricketers who made 2019 their own.

Note: In keeping with the nature of the game we have picked 11, and not 10, players.

With no century in the World Cup, the Indian skipper didn't have a great tournament as per his standards. Barring that, he was a hit across formats. This was also the year when he registered his highest individual scores in Tests and T20Is. Kohli also became the first Indian to hit a ton in a Day-Night Test match.
Virat Kohli
With no century in the World Cup, the Indian skipper didn't have a great tournament as per his standards. Barring that, he was a hit across formats. This was also the year when he registered his highest individual scores in Tests and T20Is. Kohli also became the first Indian to hit a ton in a Day-Night Test match.
This was a year when Rohit Sharma came of age and proved that he is a force to reckon with across formats. His T20I antics were well known and so was his consistent run in ODIs. Hitting 5 tons in the World Cup and being the highest run-scorer in the tournament didn't come as a surprise. But, what was unexpected was Rohit's transformation in Tests. From a streaky, unreliable middle order batsman to a heavy scorer at the top, Rohit finally found his footing in Test cricket.
Rohit Sharma
This was a year when Rohit Sharma came of age and proved that he is a force to reckon with across formats. His T20I antics were well known and so was his consistent run in ODIs. Hitting 5 tons in the World Cup and being the highest run-scorer in the tournament didn't come as a surprise. But, what was unexpected was Rohit's transformation in Tests. From a streaky, unreliable middle order batsman to a heavy scorer at the top, Rohit finally found his footing in Test cricket.
Smith's return to cricket from a one year ban wasn't to his liking. With an average of 37, Smith's form forfeited him and so did Australia's glory run in World Cups. A few weeks past the disappointments of the World Cup, Smith stunned World Champions England in the Ashes as Smith amassed 774 runs from 4 Tests at an average of 110.
Steve Smith
Smith's return to cricket from a one year ban wasn't to his liking. With an average of 37, Smith's form forfeited him and so did Australia's glory run in World Cups. A few weeks past the disappointments of the World Cup, Smith stunned World Champions England in the Ashes as Smith amassed 774 runs from 4 Tests at an average of 110.
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Even a few months after his ban, Shakib remains the world's number one all-rounder in ODIs. Undoubtedly, he is the greatest cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. With 2 centuries, a batting average of 86 and a 5-wicket haul, Shakib had a dream World Cup. His overall ODI batting average in 2019 was an astounding 93.
Shakib Al Hasan
Even a few months after his ban, Shakib remains the world's number one all-rounder in ODIs. Undoubtedly, he is the greatest cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. With 2 centuries, a batting average of 86 and a 5-wicket haul, Shakib had a dream World Cup. His overall ODI batting average in 2019 was an astounding 93.
Williamson was at the heart of New Zealand's magical World Cup show. The Kiwi skipper's calmness inspired his teammates to gather around him and build a World Cup dream that no one would have envisioned. With a high score of 148, Williamson averaged a phenomenal 82 in the World Cup. Williamson also had a great year in Tests. His 200 against England helped his team clinc an important Test series win towards the end of the year.
Kane Williamson
Williamson was at the heart of New Zealand's magical World Cup show. The Kiwi skipper's calmness inspired his teammates to gather around him and build a World Cup dream that no one would have envisioned. With a high score of 148, Williamson averaged a phenomenal 82 in the World Cup. Williamson also had a great year in Tests. His 200 against England helped his team clinc an important Test series win towards the end of the year.
The year 2019 was Ben Stokes' 'annus mirabilis'. After single handedly seeing England through to the World Cup trophy, Stokes snatched England an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat in the Ashes Test at Headingley.
Ben Stokes
The year 2019 was Ben Stokes' 'annus mirabilis'. After single handedly seeing England through to the World Cup trophy, Stokes snatched England an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat in the Ashes Test at Headingley.
Shami's sheer pace has brought world class batsmen literally to their knees. 14 wickets from 4 matches in the World Cup that included a hattrick was a mere testimony to Shami's destructive run this year. In Tests, he was India's trump card with the ball, be it in Australia or at home.
Mohammed Shami
Shami's sheer pace has brought world class batsmen literally to their knees. 14 wickets from 4 matches in the World Cup that included a hattrick was a mere testimony to Shami's destructive run this year. In Tests, he was India's trump card with the ball, be it in Australia or at home.
It was a shame that Bumrah had to miss half the year due to a lower back injury. However, the impact Bumrah had in the first half with the ball was unbelievable. He bowled only 72 overs in Tests this year and took 14 wickets at a strike-rate of 30 and an average of 13. In ODIs, he is currently number one in ICC rankings.
Jasprit Bumrah
It was a shame that Bumrah had to miss half the year due to a lower back injury. However, the impact Bumrah had in the first half with the ball was unbelievable. He bowled only 72 overs in Tests this year and took 14 wickets at a strike-rate of 30 and an average of 13. In ODIs, he is currently number one in ICC rankings.
Cummins is the best Test bowler right now. His impeccable line and length troubled batsmen across formats in 2019. Cummins was the best bowler in the Ashes by a fair margin. He took 29 wickets from 5 Tests as England's Stuart Broad was at a distant second with 23 wickets.
Pat Cummins
Cummins is the best Test bowler right now. His impeccable line and length troubled batsmen across formats in 2019. Cummins was the best bowler in the Ashes by a fair margin. He took 29 wickets from 5 Tests as England's Stuart Broad was at a distant second with 23 wickets.
Archer's grand performance in IPL was a mere precursor to what this 24-year-old pacer was capable of doing for England. Archer had a decent run in the Ashes with 22 wickets from 5 matches. However, Archer's most defining moment from the series would be his fiery bouncer that sent the Aussie great Steve Smith out of play. Archer's impressive show in the World Cup helped England win the tournament for the first time.
Jofra Archer
Archer's grand performance in IPL was a mere precursor to what this 24-year-old pacer was capable of doing for England. Archer had a decent run in the Ashes with 22 wickets from 5 matches. However, Archer's most defining moment from the series would be his fiery bouncer that sent the Aussie great Steve Smith out of play. Archer's impressive show in the World Cup helped England win the tournament for the first time.
Lyon is the only specialist spinner on the list. His consistency with the ball, especially in the second innings, acted more than a supplementary force to the Australian pace battery.
Nathan Lyon
Lyon is the only specialist spinner on the list. His consistency with the ball, especially in the second innings, acted more than a supplementary force to the Australian pace battery.

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