5. Shikhar Dhawan (India):

Not the best of the years for Dhawan as he wasn’t able to convert many of his starts into big runs. He scored five fifties against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka and a lone hundred against Sri Lanka. The worrying fact is that his four fifties and the hundred came in the sub-continent conditions only. In the 9 ODIs India played in New Zealand and England, he scored a single fifty but got off to a few starts. With the World Cup just 98 days away, Dhawan needs to score big in the Border-Gavaskar trophy and the tri-series after that so as to gain the confidence of converting his starts into big runs.

4. Hashim Amla (South Africa):

The unstoppable force of South Africa again showed his master-class by scoring two fifties and four hundreds. The runs came against some tough oppositions (Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka) in even tougher conditions at crucial times. One of the reasons for Amla’s classy show has been the support he’s got from Quinton de Kock. Both of them have complemented each other very well and the duo has the ability to become the best opening partnership of the World Cup 2015

3. Virat Kohli (India):

The Indian vice-captain is having a dream-run in ODI cricket from 2011. Virat has been the consistent performer in ODI cricket across the world and the manner in which he has scored has been commendable. Apart from the ODI series against England, he was at his best against all other oppositions. In total, he has scored three fifties and three hundreds this year and with the World Cup coming up, he’ll have to be at his very best if India are to defend the title next year successfully.

2. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka):

Sangakkara has been in the form of his life. This year, he has scored three hundreds and four fifties and his notable performances came against England, South Africa and at Asia Cup. With Sri Lanka scheduled to play a seven match ODI series against England at home in December and a seven match ODI series against New Zealand in January 2015, Sangakkara’s will have to play like anything as this would be his last World Cup and he would desperately want to win it for Sri Lanka this time.

1. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka):

The only difference between him and MS Dhoni is that Dhoni till now hasn’t been able to replicate his ODI form into Tests and Mathews has been able to do it in both Tests and ODIs. Inspite of not having an international ODI hundred, Mathews has emerged out to be the highest run-getter in ODIs this year. His ability to change the course of the game has taken him on the road which the likes of Michael Bevan, Michael Hussey and Lance Klusener once travelled and if he continues to perform like this, then Sri Lanka will stand a good chance to lift the next year’s World title. 

 

Player(Country)

Matches

Innings

Runs

Highest Score

Average

Strike Rate

Angelo Mathews (SL)

22

22

838

93

64.46

87.65

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

20

20

802

128

40.10

90.92

Virat Kohli (IND)

18

17

796

136

49.75

98.63

Hashim Amla (SA)

13

13

736

122*

61.33

80.96

Shikhar Dhawan (IND)

17

17

724

113

45.25

83.89

 *Stats are updated till 7th Nov, 2014