Anil Kumble Reveals The Indian Cricketer Of The Year 2019
Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble has revealed that the limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was the best player for India in 2019. Rohit Sharma had an unbelievable year as he was able to deliver the goods in every condition. The talisman ended as the highest run-getter of the World Cup as he scored 648 runs in the tournament. The Indian opener scored five centuries in the ODI showpiece.
Furthermore, he ended as the highest ODI run-getter of the year. The flamboyant batsman scored 1490 runs in 28 matches at an average of 57.30 and a strike rate of 89.92 in 2019. Thus, Rohit batted at the top of his game in his preferred ODI format. Moreover, Rohit was also able to take the Test opening role like fish to water.
Rohit was at his best.
Kumble believes it was a fruitful year for the Indian cricket as they were able to deliver consistent performances right throughout the tournament.
Anil Kumble told Cricket Next, “There have been many players. I think everyone has performed. We know the ability and quality of Virat Kohli as a batsman as a leader he has done exceptionally well. The bowlers have been brilliant, Shami has been brilliant, Jadeja has been brilliant, Ashwin in Test matches. You look at Pujara, I mean there have been many players…Indian cricketers have had a successful year”.
Rohit Sharma was at his best in the three-match Test series against South Africa as he amassed 529 runs in the four innings at a staggering average of 132.25. Ergo, Rohit had a breakthrough year. He also led his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to their fourth IPL title, to become the most successful IPL captain.
Kumble added, “But I think one person stands out Rohit Sharma has had a fantastic season. In the World Cup to have five hundred. Then a double hundred in a Test match as an opener against South Africa. He has come back into the Test match as an opener is something that has changed the way Rohit is looked at. His leadership role whenever he has got the opportunity to lead India in the absence of Virat Kohli. So, I think this year you have to give it to Rohit Sharma and nobody else”.
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