Thursday, 27 February 2014

Kohli King of the ODI Batting Averages?

In this article about Virat Kohli, the writer (Shrikan Shankar) claims "There is no doubt that he is the best ODI batsman in the world at this moment."

Ok  that would be hard to argue with, except for the bit about ":at this moment.  If one was to search Cricinfo, trawl through countless ODI stats, one would arrive at a very different answer.  It's been widely reported that New Zealand is on the move, both in tests and ODI's and that they are fashioning a very capable unit in both forms.  And the figures below show that Kohli in 3 months of cricket compared to the other worldly performers is actually a distant 3rd to young Corey Anderson and behind Morgan from England on averages, and has Taylor,Williamson and Finch snapping at his heels.

Williamson Taylor Anderson Kholi Morgan   Finch
71 55 68 123 54 121
77 57 44 78 106 0
65 17 8 6 50 22
60 112 13 2 53 108
88 102 131 82 31 7
8 3 17 31
47 9 29 0
16 49 136
9
432 413 310 458 294 258
54.00 51.63 62.00 57.25 58.8 51.6

So please folks out there in commentator world if you want to make claims, please do your homework. A New Zealander is actually the hottest property on the planet.

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