The Best Batting Performances from 2016
A year without rain might be possible but a year without great batting performances from the world of cricket is something that can be surely termed as "impossible." 2016 was yet another year lightened by some top notch performances from the superstars loved by millions around the globe. From Kohli to Smith to de Kock to Azhar Ali, several batsmen made their marks and gave us the reasons to take notice of their skills.
So, without further ado, here are the best performances from the past year in the batting department. These performances reflect my views and you might not agree with these choices completely.
In the longest format, we saw some incredible performances like always. While Ali and then Nair became the two newest members of the 300 Club, Indian superstar Virat Kohli finally crossed the 200 mark both overseas and on his home ground. Several other top knocks included a classy double century from Azhar Ali against Australia at the iconic MCG, a brilliant 250 from Joe Root against Pakistan, a fighting knock from Shafiq against Australia in their own backyard, an innings of statement from Younis against England and Adam's double century against New Zealand in Wellington. But the top spot, in my opinion, should go to the English all-rounder, Ben Stokes. His quickfire 258 might not have earned his side a victory but surely showed the class to which the young man belongs. Against a formidable South African attack he made an innings to treasure for a lifetime.
One Day Internationals
ODIs were filled with some exciting knocks too. Q de Kock showed his class while chasing against Australia on his home soil. Rohit Sharma's 171 at the start of 2016 was a great accomplishment too. Alex's superb knock in the highest ever ODI total against Pakistan was exciting too. Smith's 164 against New Zealand, Roy's 162 against Srilanka, Kohli's 154 not out against New Zealand and Khan's 152 against Ireland were exciting and superb. The top spot however, in my opinion, should be occupied by Warner. His 173 against South Africa, didn't earn his side a victory but highlighted his class as he was a lone warrior for his side because the other batsmen failed to even cross the half-century mark and the captain scored a duck.
The only ICC tournament that took place last year was the T20 World Cup. The cup saw some great performances, India's historical clean sweep against Australia at the start of the year was filled with some great performances too, specifically by the most established T20 player at the moment, Virat Kohli. Asia Cup was also contested for the first time in T20 format and it had some good performances too. Maxwell's 145 against Srilanka to me was probably the most entertaining innings of the year, however, the best according to me came from the genius from India. Virat Kohli's 82* against Australia at Mohali in what eventually turned into a quarter-final of the T20 World Cup, was according to me, the best performance of the year in T20I format and amongst the best of all time. He proved to be the difference between India and Australia that night and won the hearts of over a billion people.