Virat Kohli named captain of Cricket Australia’s ODI Team of 2018

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Indian captain Virat Kohli who broke an elusive record of crossing 10,000 ODI runs in a mere 205 innings has been named as the captain of Cricket Australia’s ODI team of 2018. Kohli is the leading run-scorer of the year. He has scored 1202 runs from just 14 matches at a herculean average of 133 and a strike rate in excess of 100 with 6 centuries.

Apart from Kohli, India’s Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah find a place in the eleven members of the ODI team.

Sharma who has been blessed with a baby girl scored 1030 runs in 19 innings at an average of 73.57 along with 5 centuries, the highest being 162. Along with Rohit, England Jonny Bairstow is the other opener. Bairstow has played 22 matches scoring 1025 runs at an average of 46.59, including 4 centuries. Earlier this year, the right-handed batsman became the England’s first player to score three straight one-day tons early in the year. He boasts of a strike-rate of 118 that easily takes him among this year’s leading run-scorers.

England’s Test captain Joe Root is the number 3. He scored 946 runs in 24 games at an average of 59.12. He passed fifty eight times this year, the highlight of his 2018 being the consecutive unbeaten centuries he scored to seal a series win against India. Virat Kohli is the number 4 and the captain of the team.

The 22 year old, new Windies sensation Shimron Hetmyer is also included in the XI. The left-hander scored three centuries and a score of 94 this year. He scored at a strike rate in excess of 130. His impressive performance against India earned him huge adulation and an impressive IPL contract.

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Another Englishman, Jos Buttler finds a place in the team as a wicket keeper. His two unbeaten hundreds against Australia were among the best performances of the year where he pulled his side from the jaws of defeat. He scored at a strike rate of 113 for the year and had 35 dismissals behind the stumps.

SriLankan all-rounder Thisara Perera finds a place in the 11. Batting at number 7, Perera scored 415 runs in 17 matches at an average of 34.58 and an impressive strike rate of 115.59. He also took 25 wickets at an average of 20.72 and an economy rate of 5.78 runs per over.

The Afghanistan superstar – Rashid Khan will always find a place in any limited overs team anywhere in the world. One might argue that he played against the weaker nations but his numbers are impossible to ignore. The fact that he scalped 10 wickets at 17 in the 2018 Asia Cup ably proves that he can easily match some of the bowling-big guns as well. In 20 matches, he took 48 wickets at an unbelievable average and economy rate of 14.45 and 3.89 respectively.

Indian chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who picked up 45 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 17.77 and an envious economy of 4.64, finds an honourable inclusion in the playing 11. He took 3 wickets or more in almost half of the matches that he played this year. The biggest highlight of his season has to be the 6-25 he managed to notch against World No.1 England on their home soil.

In a year dominated by spinners, the Bangladesh left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman was a constant threats for the oppositions. 

Without an ounce of doubt, India’s Jasprit Bumrah was the best bowler across formats in 2018. He bowled at a a staggeringly low economy rate of 3.62 from 13 matches picking 22 wickets. Bumrah has brought the old ‘yorker’ in fashion again and mind you his slower ones are deceptive too, ask Shaun Marsh.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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