Having won the closely-fought T20I series 2-1, India are now set to engage West Indies again during a series of 3 ODIs starting in Chennai on Sunday. While Indian captain Virat Kohli dominated Kieron Pollard’s side in the T20Is, opener Rohit Sharma scored a quickfire 71 off just 34 balls in the final match to remind everyone what a great 2019 he has had.
With Rohit’s phenomenal white-ball form with the bat in recent times, the opener has emerged as one of the leading competitors to his captain in limited-overs cricket. Although Kohli is way ahead of the Mumbai batsman in terms of runs scored in ODIs, Rohit is certainly level with the former in the shortest format. The duo will now end 2019 as the joint-highest run-scorers (2633 runs) in the history of T20Is. But the stats assume a much more interesting form if you just consider the ongoing year.
Incidentally, Kohli has been finishing as the leading run-scorer in ODIs (in a calendar year) for the past 2 years. The firebrand batsman had topped the run-charts in 2017 with 1460 runs, while ended up scoring 1202 runs the next year. And in 2019, Kohli has every chance to complete a hat-trick unless Sharma decides to take matters into his own hands!
Kohli and Rohit currently top the list of ODI run-scorers in 2019 with the captain having scored 56 more runs than his teammate, who has accumulated 1232 runs from 25 matches this year.
Here are the top-5 run-getters in ODIs in 2019:
Virat Kohli: 23 matches, 1288 runs, average 64.40
Rohit Sharma: 25 matches, 1232 runs, average 53.56
Aaron Finch: 23 matches, 1141 runs, average 51.86
Shai Hope: 25 matches, 1123 runs, average 56.15
Babar Azam: 20 matches, 1092 runs, average 60.66
If Kohli finishes 2019 as the highest run-scorer in ODIs in matches starting this year, it will be a record 4th time that the Indian captain has done so in a calendar year. No other player in ODI history has managed to score most runs in the world in a year, more than 3 times. Also, no other player has managed to repeat the feat in 3 successive years. The 3-match ODI series will provide the duo with another chance to upstage each other and put a cap on a superb year with the bat.
Batsmen being the highest ODI run-getter in a calendar year most times:
Virat Kohli – 2011, 2017, 2018
Desmond Haynes – 1984, 1985, 1989
Sourav Ganguly – 1997, 1999, 2000
Kumar Sangakkara – 2006, 2012, 2014
With 2366 runs to his name across all international formats in 2019, Kohli is currently also the leading run-scorer in the world in the current year. His teammate Rohit Sharma (2184) and Pakistan sensation Babar Azam (1820) round up the top-3 run-getters in 2019. With 3 matches left to be played in 2019, if Kohli continues to excel with the bat, he could easily end with the highest run-tally for the 4th year in a row but Rohit might come in his captain’s way.
Since 2016, Kohli has finished with the most number of runs in all Tests, ODIs and T20Is each year. While in 2016, Kohli top-scored with 2595 runs to his name, he followed that up with 2818 and 2735 runs in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Since the advent of T20s, Kohli is the only player to have completed a hat-trick of most runs scored in the world across formats 3 years in a row. But Rohit, who is currently tied with Kohli on the all-time T20I run-scorers list, has a realistic chance of breaking his captain’s 3-year streak.