Though the second COVD wave did as soon as once more hamper cricket for a short interval in 2021 however even stricter protocols and gamers’ will allowed cricket to flourish.
The ICC World Take a look at Championship and the T20 World Cup had been two main occasions performed in 2021 together with another high-quality bilateral cricket.
And the gamers too produced some distinctive performances throughout codecs, weathering bubble fatigue and the opposite adverse points of the continued pandemic.
TimesofIndia.com as we speak takes a take a look at 5 cricket stars, throughout codecs, who produced some distinctive cricket within the yr 2021.
(All statistics on this article are until December 20, after the completion of the second Ashes Take a look at)
Joe Root (England)
Runs, runs and extra runs. That is what England skipper Joe Root has been upto this complete yr. If somebody has dominated the longest format in 2021 it has been ‘run-machine’ Root. The 30-year-old has an enormous 1,630 runs in 14 Exams this yr (until after the second Ashes Take a look at of the continued version) and has been on a document breaking spree. The very best Take a look at run-scorer in 2021 by a good distance, Root at present is in fourth place on the record of all time highest run-scorers in a calendar yr, behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1788 runs in 2006), West Indies’ Viv Richards (1710 runs in 1976) and South African Graeme Smith (1656 runs in 2008). Earlier than the Boxing Day Take a look at, which is at present on, Root was simply 159 runs in need of changing into the all time highest run-getter in a calendar yr. He scored 50 within the first innings of the Melbourne Take a look at, which suggests 109 runs or extra within the England second innings and Root might obtain that feat. Root had a median of 62.69 earlier than the Boxing Day Ashes Take a look at and had notched up 6 a whole lot and three fifties, previous to the continued Take a look at (He scored one other fifty within the first innings of the Boxing Day Take a look at vs Australia) . Root additionally registered two double a whole lot this yr in robust sub-continent situations, together with one in his milestone 100th Take a look at towards India in Chennai. Though it has actually not been yr for Root as England captain however he has been completely unbelievable with the bat.
David Warner (Australia)
Australia’s David Warner began 2021 with scores of 5, 13, 1 and 48 towards India within the Take a look at collection Down Beneath. Then got here the IPL the place he was stripped of Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy after his crew registered solely a solitary win of their first six matches. Issues then went additional south within the second part of IPL, when Warner was dropped as a participant from the T20 franchise. Issues couldn’t have gotten any worse for the 35-year-old. However then got here the T20 World Cup the place Warner, like a champion, rose and fully turned every part round. The second highest run-getter within the match (behind Babar Azam’s 303 runs) with 289 runs, Warner emerged because the Participant of the Match and performed an enormous position in Australia’s maiden T20 title win. With a median of over 48 and a strike price of over 146, Warner decimated the opposition bowlers within the match and in addition gave a befitting reply to his critics. And within the ongoing Ashes as nicely, Warner has continued along with his golden contact, having already scored 202 runs in simply three innings (94, 95 and 13) within the two Exams earlier than the Boxing Day Take a look at.
R Ashwin (India)
The world witnessed R Ashwin 2.zero in 2021. It was an excellent yr for the India off-spinner as he achieved some memorable feats and landmarks along with his distinctive performances within the longest format. The quantity 2 ranked ICC Take a look at bowler, Ashwin at present is the very best wicket-taker in Exams this yr with 52 scalps in eight matches (earlier than the beginning of the continued Centurion Take a look at vs SA). With three fifers and an unbelievable bowling common of 16.23, Ashwin, this yr was at his greatest and that helped him turn out to be India’s third highest wicket-taker of all time as he surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417. The yr additionally noticed the return of the 35-year-old within the shortest format after a niche of four years when Ashwin was seen sporting the blue India jersey within the T20 World Cup. Ashwin, the batsman additionally excelled in 2021, as he amassed 337 runs at a median of simply over 28. An important 39 not out in Sydney together with a 106 on a rank turner in Chennai had been Ashwin’s highlights with the bat in 2021 in Exams. Ashwin is at present the quantity 2 ranked all-rounder within the ICC Take a look at rankings, behind Jason Holder of the West Indies.
Rohit Sharma (India)
Opener Rohit Sharma was one other Indian who had a terrific run in worldwide cricket in 2021. Runs in Australia, at residence and in England, it was a breakthrough yr for Rohit — the Take a look at batsman. Though the IPL — the place Rohit’s crew didn’t qualify for the playoffs and the T20 World Cup — noticed a poor run of type from him, within the longest format, the 34-year-old stamped his authority. A complete of 906 runs in 11 Exams at a median of 47.68 noticed Rohit additionally climb up within the ICC rating charts to No.5 in Exams. With a few a whole lot alongside four half-centuries in robust Aussie, subcontinental and English situations, Rohit excelled as an opener in Exams, serving to India safe some improbable wins. The yr additionally noticed Rohit take cost because the limited-overs captain after India’s debacle within the T20 World Cup. Rohit is lacking the continued Take a look at collection in South Africa, however is most definitely to be match and again for the white-ball collection which can observe the Exams, right here he will likely be India’s full-time ODI captain for the primary time.
Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan was in Bradmanesque contact in 2021 within the shortest format. 313 runs in 26 T20I matches – these had been his stats previous to this yr. Within the present yr, Rizwan performed a complete of 29 T20I matches and amassed a mind-boggling 1,326 runs (highest in 2021) at a stupendous common of over 73. Pakistan tasted a whole lot of success this yr in T20Is and one man that led the crew from the entrance was Rizwan along with his completely mesmerising batting prowess. With 100, 12 fifties and a strike price of 134.89, the Pakistan opener fully turned his recreation round this yr. Within the T20 World Cup, Pakistan regarded unstoppable earlier than the semis and Rizwan was one of many main causes for his or her success within the cricketing extravaganza. Rizwan’s purple patch additionally helped him notch up a complete of two,036 runs in T20s (worldwide and home, franchise and so forth cricket), changing into the primary batsman ever to amass 2000 runs or extra in males’s T20s in a calendar yr.