2015 can also be termed as a complete run-fest. The batsmen had a gala time as players came close to certain records, while some were broken and a few of the big records were even broken. The special mega-event being ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 boosted the batsmen’s chances of scoring more runs in the 50-over format which they took full advantage of. Over 500 runs scored by a few batsmen in the month long tournament. Averages crossed 75.0 easily as batsmen dominated over the bowlers.
With personal records climbing up continuously and the year-end just around the corner, here we list down the top 5 batsmen in ODIs for 2015 –
5. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
Once known to rule this chart, Hashim Amla’s performance has significantly come down. Although he started the year with a bang, with 2 centuries under his belt during the first month itself, his performance since then has not been a great one. Amla couldn’t perform at crucial junctions at the Cricket World Cup and his excellent batting techniques and defences was easily broken through by the recently concluded series against India. Scoring 1062 runs in 23 matches at an average of 50.57 throughout the year, numbers couldn’t reflect his actual form. With Century and half-century columns, both showing 4 each and ranked fifth according ICC rankings, he remains no. 5 in the list.
4. T Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
Dilshan remained to be the permanent name in the opening pair list, whenever Sri Lanka played an opposition. Dilshan’s form was an on-off affair throughout the year. He batted extremely well in his probable last World Cup, by scoring 541 runs and having the second-most runs in the tournament. ICC ranked him fourth in the ODI batsmen rankings for 2015. The current year for this veteran includes 1100 runs in 22 matches with an impressive average of 55.00. Scoring 4 centuries and 5 half-tons, he remains to be Sri Lanka’s guiding light after the retirement of legendary players Sangakkara and Jayawardene.
3. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
The South African superman shined brightly this year. The former South African captain had a brilliant 2015 with 1193 runs in just 20 matches (least in this list). His tally of 5 centuries and 5 half-centuries is the maximum in this list and he even possesses an incredible average of 79.53 (again, highest). De Villiers seems to be going through a purple patch of his career. Scoring 482 runs from 7 innings (third highest) in the World Cup, he tried his very best to get his nation, the missing trophy from their cabinet. While ICC ranked de Villiers as the best ODI batsman of 2015, AB could had dominated this list if he was given a chance to play more matches like his competitors.
2. Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
The New Zealand opener shot to fame with his performance in 2015, especially with his performance in World Cup. Having scored the most runs (547 runs) in the mega-tournament at a superb average of 68.37, he was leading the New Zealand batting line-up from the front, literally also! Guptill surprised everyone with his career best performance of 237n.o. in the quarter finals of the World Cup, which meant he had a great potential. With amassing 1287 runs from 29 matches throughout the year, he surprisingly does not appear anywhere on ICC’s top 10 rankings.
1. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
The dashing opener for New Zealand has had a very successful campaign this year. Although he didn’t have a very happy going in the Cricket World Cup, his performance before and after the mega-event has been commendable. Although he smashed just 3 tons throughout the year, he seldom lost his wickets while he batted in the nervous 90s, his record of 8half-centuries supporting the cause. Being awarded the 3rd rank in the ICC ODI rankings, he stands tall in our list with the no.1 spot. Williamson’s statistics show he scored 1317 runs from 26 matches at an average of 57.26.