Many sports like cricket, football, hockey are team games but in these sports too many players are successful in creating a distinct identity through their individual performance. Team games also look for a superhero in every era for their popularity.
The career graph of today's best batsman Virat Kohli was at its peak in the year 2019. But then suddenly everything stopped. 2020 to 2022 was a difficult period for him. During this period, he lost the captaincy of all three formats and also had disputes with the selectors. It seemed that Virat Kohli's career would end prematurely.
But in 2023, Kohli returned like a phoenix and once again established his rule over world cricket. Became the first cricketer in the world to score 50 centuries in One Day International matches. Left Sachin Tendulkar behind by scoring a record 765 runs in the World Cup. Kohli was man of the match twice in the World Cup.
This year, Kohli scored 2048 runs including 671 runs in eight Tests and 1377 runs in 27 ODIs. In 36 innings played in 2023, Kohli scored eight centuries and ten half-centuries. This year he did not play International T20 but maintained his dominance by scoring 639 runs in 14 matches of IPL.
Rohit 'Hitman' Sharma took charge by 'leading from front' in the World Cup. If the captain sets an example for the team with his performance, the morale of the other players also increases. Rohit not only captained well but also batted selflessly which was praised by everyone.
His strong performance reduced the pressure on the incoming batsmen. Under his captaincy, India entered the World Cup finals by winning ten consecutive matches without losing, but in the end the Kangaroos dashed all the expectations. Rohit Sharma scored 597 runs in 11 matches of the World Cup which included one century and three half-centuries. Was also man of the match twice.
Rohit played 27 ODIs this year and scored 1255 runs at a strike rate of 117 and 545 runs in eight Test matches. Rohit scored two centuries and nine half-centuries in ODIs and two centuries and two half-centuries in Tests. Overall, 1800 runs in 35 international matches would be called a very strong performance. He remained fourth among the highest run scorers.
But by the end of the year he got a big shock. The captaincy of Mumbai Indians was taken away from him and Hardik Pandya, who had played in their team, was traded to Gujarat Titans and made the captain. Rohit was the captain of Mumbai Indians since 2013. Under his captaincy the team became IPL champion five times.
Shubman Gill, who is being called the next superstar of cricket, gave a strong knock of his arrival in the year 2023 or it can be said that the baton which was handed over by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli in the 2011 World Cup, was held by a 24 year old youth from Fazilka. have taken. Shubman Gill is at number one among the batsmen who have scored the most runs this year.
Gill scored 2154 runs in 52 innings of 48 matches at an average of 47.82 and strike rate of 101.22. Virat Kohli was 106 runs behind him. Although Kohli played 13 matches less than him.
Gill scored seven centuries and ten half-centuries this year. This year, Gill scored 258 runs in five Tests, 1584 runs in 29 ODIs and 312 runs in 13 T20s. Although Gill has still not been able to become a permanent member of the team in Test and T20, he continued to perform well in ODI throughout the year.
Due to dengue, he could not play the first two matches of the World Cup. Gill scored 354 runs in the remaining nine matches which included 4 half-centuries. In IPL, Shubman scored 890 runs in 17 innings for Gujarat Titans and was the player of the tournament. Also retained possession of the Orange Cap.
Despite all the ups and downs, 33 year old Amroha Express Mohammed Shami established his dominance on the pitch and gave a befitting reply to the critics. Took maximum 28 wickets in 17 matches for Gujarat Titans in IPL and got Purple Cap.
Even after this strong performance, the selectors did not give him any attention. He was not even given a chance in the first four matches of the World Cup. But later when he got the chance, he created a stir.
He took five wickets in the first match against New Zealand, four wickets against England in the next match, five wickets for 18 runs against Sri Lanka and seven wickets for 57 runs against New Zealand in the semi-final. This is the best performance of any Indian bowler in the World Cup.
In seven matches of the World Cup, Shami took 24 wickets at an average of 10.70 and economy of 5.26 and proved to be the most successful bowler of the tournament. Performed the feat of taking five or more wickets thrice and four wickets once. He also became India's most successful bowler so far in the World Cup. In the year 2023, Shami took a total of 56 wickets in 23 international matches.
Australian captain Pat Cummins silenced all the critics in 2023. Cummins, who remained calm and composed even in difficult situations, showed what class is. Under the captaincy of Pat Cummins, Australia became ODI world champion for the sixth time.
Before the World Cup, Australia had won the World Test Championship and the Ashes. Pat Cummins played an important role in these three victories. Interestingly, Australia won the World Test Championship and ODI World Cup by defeating India.
His performance as captain and bowler in the year 2023 was tremendous. Cummins took 59 wickets in 24 international matches this year, 42 in Tests and 17 in ODIs. Cummins also contributed with the bat and scored 422 runs.
During the 202-run partnership with Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan in the World Cup, he stood firm by scoring 12 runs in 68 balls and made the impossible victory possible. Maxwell's inning of 201 runs was considered the best innings of ODI which would not have been possible without Cummins. Cummins's golden year also ended on a golden note. The world was surprised when Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Cummins for Rs 20.50 crore in the IPL mini auction.
Captain Pat Cummins became the first player in IPL history to earn more than Rs 20 crore, but within a few minutes his teammate Mitchell Starc broke the record. Kolkata Knight Riders bought the fast bowler for a record Rs 24.75 crore. Apart from this, the year 2023 was also memorable for Stark.
He took four wickets in the final of the World Test Championship. Took the maximum of 23 wickets in the Ashes and took 16 wickets in the World Cup. He played 22 international matches in the year and took 59 wickets. 34 in Test and 25 in ODI.
The Australian team was struggling against Afghanistan in the World Cup. Australia's four wickets had fallen for 47 runs and then seven batsmen were in the pavilion for 97 runs. Defeat and humiliation were clearly visible to the team.
But that day Glenn Maxwell played the most explosive inning not only of his career but of ODI cricket and made the impossible possible. Despite the cramp, Maxwell played an inning of 201 runs in 128 balls which included 21 fours and ten sixes. Before this, he had also scored the fastest century against Netherlands in just 40 balls. This year, Maxwell scored 529 runs in 13 international matches which included three centuries.
It came late but it came well. The year 2023 was very successful for 32-year-old New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell. After Shubman Gill, Mitchell is the highest run scorer this year. Mitchell scored 552 runs in 10 matches at an average of 69 in the World Cup.
Rachin proved to be the most successful Kiwi batsman after Ravindra in the World Cup. He played brilliant innings of 130 runs against India in Dharamshala and 134 runs in the semi-finals at Wankhede Stadium but could not win both the times.
This year, Daryl Mitchell scored 469 runs in seven Test matches, 1204 runs in 26 ODIs and 283 runs in 15 T20s. Scored 1956 runs including six centuries and nine half-centuries in 48 international matches. Mitchell also took 11 wickets. There was a lot of bidding on Mitchell in the IPL mini auction. Ultimately Chennai Super Kings bought him for Rs 14 crores.
Travis Head proved to be the best player for Australia in critical situations this year. He shattered the dreams of Team India and its fans with his centuries in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship and the ICC Cricket World Cup.
This year he scored 919 runs in 23 innings of 12 Test matches with one century and five fifties and an impressive strike rate of over 75 and an average of 41.77. His best score was 163. This year, in 13 ODI matches, Head scored 570 runs at an average of 51.81 and a strike rate of more than 133.
He has scored two centuries and three half-centuries in 13 innings, in which his best score is 137. This year he scored 209 runs in 6 T20 matches at a strike rate of around 174 and an average of 34.83. Overall, in 31 international matches this year, Head scored 1698 runs at an average of 43.53 and a strike rate of over 96, including three centuries and nine fifties.
29-year-old stylish South African batsman Aiden Markram scored a total of 281 runs in three Test matches this year at an average of 56.20 with one century and half-century. His best score was 115. In 24 ODIs, he scored 1033 runs at an average of 51.55 and a strike rate of over 113, which included three centuries and five fifties. His best score was 175 runs.
He scored a century in 49 balls in the Cricket World Cup, which became the fastest century in the history of the tournament, but within a few days, Glenn Maxwell broke the record by completing a century in 40 balls.
In eight T20s this year, he scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and a strike rate of over 162, with his best score being 49. This year, Markram scored 1553 runs in 37 innings of 36 international matches at an average of 50, which included four centuries and six half-centuries.
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