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Virat Kohli to Pat Cummins: Cricketers who made a mark in 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India



The year 2023 in cricket saw several players emerging as true exemplars of skill, consistency and match-winning performances. Across formats, these players showcased exceptional prowess, captivating fans and pundits alike.
From masterful batting displays to devastating bowling spells and agile fielding, these standout performers have left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape.

Among the most notable events of the year was Australia securing a three-peat with the ICC World Test Championship, triumph in the Ashes and a sixth ODI World Cup title. Additionally, India’s commanding performance on home turf, ending in a heartbreaking World Cup final defeat against Australia and Virat Kohli surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record to reach 50 ODI centuries were among the key highlights of the year.

Let’s take a look at some of the top performers of the year:
Virat Kohli (India)
The star batter from India had quite a redemption arc in 2023 following an underwhelming run from 2020-22. Virat broke records day and night, left and right, sometimes even on some off days with the bat. Be it becoming the first batter to touch 50 ODI centuries, making a massive 765 runs in the Cricket World Cup this year to have the best campaign by a batter ever, or chasing legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s legendary batting figures, Virat has given plenty of reasons to India to call him their ‘GOAT’ and follow his every step.
Overall in seven Tests this year, Virat scored 557 runs at an average of 55.70, with two centuries and a fifty in 10 innings. His best score was 186.
In 27 ODIs this year, Virat scored 1,377 runs at an average of 72.47 and a strike rate of 99.13, with six centuries and eight fifties in just 24 innings. His best score is 166

Finally, in all 34 international matches this year till yet, Virat scored 1,934 runs at an average of 66.68, with eight centuries and nine fifties in 34 innings. With the batter supposed to play the Test series against South Africa, he can breach the 2,000 run mark this year itself during the Boxing Day Test at Centurion from December 26.
Virat also had a fine IPL, scoring 639 runs in 14 games at an average of 53.25, with two centuries and six fifties, delivering a statement that he is not finished in T20s.
Shubman Gill (India)
If 2023 belonged to the ‘King Kohli’, the ‘Prince of Indian Cricket’ also started taking baby steps towards greatness and becoming Virat’s successor. Though Gill is still finding his feet in T20Is and Tests, this Punjab batter roared out loud in the ODIs, even becoming the number one ranked batter.
In five Tests this year, Gill scored 230 runs at an average of 32.85, with a century. His best score was 128. In 29 ODIs, Gill scored 1,584 runs at an average of 63.36 and a strike rate of over 105, with five centuries and nine fifties. His best score was 208. Gill has had an underwhelming 2023 in T20Is, scoring 312 runs in 13 innings at an average of 26.00, with a century and fifty. His best score is 126*.
In 47 international games this year, Gill scored 2,126 runs at an average of 48.31, with seven centuries and 10 fifties.
He also finished as the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Gujarat Titans, scoring 890 runs in 17 innings at an average of 59.33, with three centuries and four fifties. Gill got the ‘Orange Cap’ for most runs this season of IPL.

Travis Head (Australia)
Travis Head was Australia’s man for the big moments this year, piling up runs whenever he mattered the most. He gave Team India and its fans sleepless nights with his centuries in the final of the ICC World Test Championship and ICC Cricket World Cup, making him a contender for a major ICC Players Award.
In 11 Tests this year, he piled up 902 runs at an average of 45.10 at an impressive strike rate of over 76, with a century and five fifties in 21 innings. His best score was 163. In 13 ODIs this year, Head made 570 runs at an average of 51.81 and a strike rate of over 133. He has scored two centuries and three fifties in 13 innings, with the best score of 137. Striking at over 174, this destructive southpaw scored 209 runs in six T20Is at an average of 34.83, with a knock of 91 as his solitary fifty.
In 30 international matches this year, Head scored 1,681 runs at an average of 45.43 and a strike rate of over 97, with three centuries and nine fifties. His best score is 163.
Rohit Sharma (India)
The ‘Hitman’ will be remembered as a synonym for selflessness this year. He led the Men in Blue from the front with his fearless hitting in the ICC Cricket World Cup, which eased off the pressure of batters coming after him and let them take their time. He led India to a 10-match win streak in the tournament, finishing in a heartbreak in the final.
In 27 ODIs, Rohit scored 1,255 runs at an average of 52.29 and a strike rate of over 117, with two centuries and nine fifties to his name. In seven Tests this year, he scored 540 runs at an average of 49.09 with two centuries and two fifties in 11 innings. His best score was 120.
In 34 international games this year, Rohit scored 1,795 runs at an average of 51.28, with four tons and 11 fifties in 37 innings, with the best score of 131. He also led Mumbai Indians (MI) to the IPL 2023 playoffs, though his batting was underwhelming.

Aiden Markram (South Africa)
This stylish South African batter is the leader for the future. In two Tests, he scored this year a total of 276 runs at an average of 69.00, with a century and fifty. His best score was 115. In 24 ODIs, he scored 1,033 runs at an average of 51.55 and a strike rate of over 113, with three tons and five fifties. His best score was 175. He also scored a 49-ball ton in the Cricket World Cup, which became the fastest in the tournament history until Glenn Maxwell made one in 40 balls against the Netherlands. In eight T20Is, he scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and a strike rate of over 162, with the best score of 49.
In 34 international matches this year, Markram scored 1,548 runs at an average of 51.60, with four centuries and six fifties in 36 innings. His IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad as captain and a batter was underwhelming though.
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
A Test specialist, Usman Khawaja played a crucial role in Australia’s success in the World Test Championship and The Ashes. In 12 Tests this year, he scored 1,168 runs at an average of 55.61, with three centuries and six fifties. His best score was 195*.
Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand)
This late-blooming all-rounder in his 30s bloomed like no one else this year. In the absence of skipper Kane Williamson, he served as Kiwis’ batting pillar this year. In seven Tests, he scored 469 runs at an average of 42.63, with a century and four fifties in 13 innings. His best score was 102. In 26 ODIs, he scored 1,204 runs at an average of 52.34, with five centuries and three fifties in 25 innings. His best score was 134. In 15 T20Is, he scored 283 runs at an average of 21.76, with two half-centuries.
Overall he ended as the year’s second most successful batter with 1,956 runs in 48 matches and 52 innings at an average of 41.61, with six centuries and nine fifties in 52 innings, with the best score of 134.
Daryl was New Zealand’s second-most successful batter in WC 2023, scoring 552 runs in 10 matches with two centuries and two fifties at an average of 69.00. The all-rounder has 1,069 runs for Kiwis in 56 T20Is at an average of 24.86, with five fifties and eight wickets as well. He is a batting all-rounder. He also took 11 wickets across formats all year.
Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
The Australian all-rounder was on rampage this year, going after the bowlers from ball one. He played a vital role in Australia’s success in the Ashes and ICC Cricket World Cup.
Across four Tests this year, Marsh has scored 403 runs at an average of 67.16 and a strike rate of over 73, with a century and three fifties in eight innings. His best score was 118. In 20 ODIs this year, Marsh has scored 858 runs at an average of 47.66, with two centuries and five fifties. His best score is 177*. In three T20Is, Marsh scored 186 runs at an average of 186.00, with two fifties and best score of 92*.
In 27 international matches this year, he scored 1,447 runs at an average of 57.88, with three centuries and 10 fifties in 31 innings. His best score was 177*. He also took six wickets this year across formats.
Ravindra Jadeja (India)
This great Indian all-rounder ended the year with 66 international wickets this year in 35 matches, the most by any bowler this year. 33 of these came in Tests, 31 in ODIs and two in T20Is.
Across all formats this year, he scored 613 runs at an average of 30.65, with two fifties, finding the majority of his success in Tests, with 281 runs in seven Tests. His best score is 70.
Jadeja also starred in IPL 2023, scoring the winning runs to guide Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to the fifth title. He ended the tournament with 190 valuable runs in 12 innings and 20 wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav (India)
This spinner was unplayable this year, ending the year strong with 63 scalps in 39 matches. He took 49 of these in ODIs and the rest 14 in T20Is, with the best bowling figures of 5/17.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
The ‘World Cup Year Starc’ did not turn up as scary as expected, but he still had a fine year with the ball, finding success in the WTC final (four wickets), The Ashes (top wicket-taker with 23) and Cricket World Cup (16 wickets). He ended the year with 59 wickets in 22 matches, with the best figures of 5/33. He took 34 wickets in Tests and 25 in ODIs.
Starc saved his absolute best for the WTC final, the Ashes and the knockout games of the World Cup, enhancing his reputation as an Australian great.
Gerald Coetzee (South Africa)
Coetzee made his debut across all formats this year and what a success story he has been for Proteas, taking 46 wickets across 20 matches with the best figures of 4/44. Coetzee took nine wickets in Tests, 31 in ODIs and six in T20Is.
Coetzee had a memorable Cricket World Cup debut, guiding Proteas to the semis with a 20-wicket campaign, the most by a Proteas bowler in a single tournament edition.
Mohammed Shami (India)
Though the veteran pacer had to spend some time on the sidelines this year due to the emergence of young blood, Shami spit venom with the ball in his hand. He ended with 56 wickets in 23 international matches, with the best figures of 7/57. Only 13 of these wickets came in Test cricket.
Shami had a memorable World Cup 2023, coming to the field in the middle of it and stealing the show with a 24-wicket campaign, topping the wicket-taking charts within just seven matches. His best figures were 7/57.
He also took the ‘Purple Cap’ for most wickets in IPL 2023, with 28 wickets in 17 matches.
Pat Cummins (Australia)
The Australian captain silenced his critics this year, showcasing remarkable composure and sheer excellence both as a player and a leader. He achieved a remarkable three-peat for Australia by securing the WTC title, the Ashes and the ODI World Cup title, leaving an indelible mark in each of these crucial events.
Cummins concluded the year with a tally of 49 wickets in 23 matches, boasting the best bowling figures of 6/91. Notably, 32 of these wickets were in Test matches, while the remaining 17 were in ODIs.
In addition to his bowling prowess, Cummins made significant contributions with the bat during The Ashes and the World Cup, amassing 393 runs in 26 innings at an average of 21.83. Memorable moments include his unbeaten 44 against England in a riveting first Ashes Test and his composed 12 not out during a double-century partnership with Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan in the World Cup.
(With IANS inputs)





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