Cricket is a game where batsmen have dominated especially in recent times. The batsmen are not afraid to play innovative strokes and change their style according to situations. In the past there were batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist who changed the course of the game with their explosive batting. In modern day cricket the batsmen look to be positive.
Here we look at the top 5 current game changers in One day International cricket:
1. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is one of the most complete batsmen in One day International cricket these days for South Africa. He makes the batting looks easy by hitting reverse sweeps, inside out shots and paddle sweep to the fast bowlers. He is an explosive batsman who can change the course of the match within few balls. He has played 187 One day Internationals. In recent times he played two excellent knocks both against West Indies. He holds the record of the fastest century in One day International which is off 31 balls. His ability to just hammer the bowlers makes him a special batsman. His best score is 162 not out against West Indies. He made his One day International debut against England in 2005. He is an excellent fielder too.
2. Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is another game changer in One day International cricket from New Zealand. His ability is to hit the dil scoop, come down the track, cut and pull. He was the captain of the team which reached the finals of the World Cup 2015. He opens the innings and creates a lot of pressure on the bowlers in the first 10 overs. He has played 254 One day Internationals with a strike rate of 95.03. In the World Cup 2015 he played some brilliant knocks to help the team win the matches. In T-20 match he scored 158 not out and just took the bowling apart. He made his One day International debut against Australia in 2002. He is an aggressive leader. He is an excellent batsman too in other formats too.
3. David Warner
David Warner is another explosive batsmen and game changer in One day Internationals from Australia. He is a left hander batsman and has the ablity to hit the fast bowlers coming down the track and against the spinners he hits innovative storkes. He has played 62 One day International matches with a strike rate of 89.58 which is great for opening batsmen In the World Cup 2015 he played some important knocks and helped Australia to win the World Cup. He made his One day International debut against South Africa in 2009.
4. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is another explosive and game changer in One day International. He takes time for the first few balls and makes the batting looks easy. He is a left handed batsman for West Indies and has been the key member for West Indies. He has played 269 One day Internationals with a strike rate of 85.11. He is an opening batsman. He is only batsman to score a 100 in T20, 200 in One day Internationals and 300 in test matches. In T-20 there is no comparison of the batting he does and also makes the bowlers life very tough. His highest score in One day International is 215 in the World Cup 2015. He made his One day International debut against India in 1999.
5. Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is another explosive batsman in modern day cricket. He attacks the bowler’s right from ball one and allows the other batsman to settle. In World Cup 2015 he played some vital innings. He shows the intent and really smashes the bowlers to all parts to the ground. He has played 49 One day Internationals with a strike rate of 126.69. He also plays in T20 format and also plays in a positive manner there too. His highest score in One day International is 102. He made his One day International debut against Pakistan in 2012. He is an excellent fielder and bowler too.