Cricket is regarded as a gentleman’s game, and in recent years some pretty interesting changes has taken place such as the introduction of the T20 new format which has taken the traditional style of play to one where the batsmen are required to stay calm while demonstrating patience in the crease. At the same time, these same batsmen are expected to keep a decent run rate while staying on the wicket. Here are the Top 10 Best Batsmen of 2013.
10. Alastair Cook
Alistair may be young, but he is given the task of leading an English team, and up to this point he has demonstrated his competitive edge. He has been able to enhance his own performance quality while helping carve out better performance for England in all formats of this game. In four different matches he was given the man of match award. His body language always reflects an aura of calm patience.
9. Younis Khan
Pakistan’s main batsman is Younis Khan who has the amazing ability to stay on crease with incredible patience. He always has a smile on his face and his experience has led him to build innings easily. He averages 37 per game and also got a strike rate of more than 70 in recent play.
8. Michael Clarke
The backbone of the Australian middle order is Michael Clarke and his contribution to Australia’s winnings for the previous years leave nothing to be desired. He has the experience of 200 plus matches behind him, and Clarke continues to prove that he is an integral player for his team. His level of fitness is the number one attribute that sets him apart.
7. Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott is an amazing addition to the middle order of England with his gifted batsmanship. With his great strike rate and average, that makes him an emerging star on the field. He has played a key role in England’s successes in all formats of this game. All bowlers have found it difficult to cause him stress once he has settled at the crease.
6. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir may be a left handed batsman, but he does perform well as the opener for the Indian cricket team. He uses a naturally aggressive technique, and Gautam has proven that he is a most important part of his team. He has earned a lot of popularity for his performance in all game formats. With equal ease, he can play the straight drive, pull short and cut short positions.
5. M.S. Dhoni
Dhoni is the Indian cricket team captain who possesses his own unique and unconventional style. He has performed the assumed position of strengthening the lower middle order of his Indian batting line quite well, and has made himself famous for his helicopter short.
4. Shane Watson
Shane Watson has gained a reputation for being an all rounder with his Australian team, and is well recognized as a batsman. In recent years, he has been opening innings for the team. He is considered to be quite dangerous against opposing teams, and it was his recent T20 World Cup performance that helped his team easily make it to the finals.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the Indian cricket rising stars for his good average and strike rate and consistent performance. He is now serving in a key position with his team. His great batting style and elegant personality are what have earned him such popularity among India’s young people. He is considered to be the most dangerous batsman of 2013.
2. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is a calm, patient player, and without any doubt he is the best all rounder on the Sri Lankan team. Along with being an amazing wicket keeper, he is also consistent with his batsman skills which have been key to his team emerging from dangers many times. His keen eye is what helps him adapt playing strategy as needed.
1. Hashim Amla
The number one batsman for 2013 is Hashim Amla who plays for South Africa. He has style and consistency which have lead to performances that are unmatched by any other player. He is the only player to get the number one ranking in all tests, after Ricky Ponting. In a recent match against Pakistan, it was Hashim’s performance that led to the South African team taking a clean sweep during this test series. He holds the honor of being the world’s best batsman and the best attacking batsman for 2013.