ODI batting nominees January 10, 2013

Kohli's blitz, and Amla's record

A supersonic century and nerveless innings while chasing are among our ODI batting nominees

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Virat Kohli
133 not out v Sri Lanka

CB Series, Hobart
Given India's poor outings with the bat in the CB series, one would have expected them to struggle to chase a target of 321 in 50 overs. They achieved it in 36.4 overs - needing to chase it in 40 to stay alive in the series - and did so with Kohli finishing things off in a blaze of glory. Kohli was in the zone; he dismissed anything that came his way with clinical precision, found the boundary at will whether the field was in or pushed back, ran swiftly between the wickets to catch the fielders off guard, and middled the ball with scarcely believable consistency.

David Warner
163 v Sri Lanka

first final, CB Series, Brisbane
Warner batted through until the last ball of the innings as Australia made 321, and his first ODI century set up a 15-run victory for Australia in the first final of the CB Series. No Sri Lankan pace bowler went for less than six runs per over. Still, it was a more restrained innings than many of Warner's other limited-overs efforts - his hundred came off 111 deliveries.

Virat Kohli
183 v Pakistan

Asia Cup, Mirpur
Another huge target, another Kohli blizzard, barely three weeks after his spectacular hundred in Hobart. He came out in the first over of the innings and stayed put till near the end, to complete India's highest successful ODI chase, against Pakistan, who are not exactly a weak bowling side. Kohli scored a career-best 183, his 11th hundred, and his third in four innings.

Hashim Amla
150 v England

second ODI, Rose Bowl
Amla followed up his 482 runs in the three Tests against England with an ODI career-best 124-ball 150. During the course of the innings he became the fastest man to reach 3000 ODI runs, in just his 57th innings (the previous record-holder, Viv Richards, took 69 innings). His high scores across formats are a testament to Amla's remarkable quality, consistency and adaptability.

Kieron Pollard
102 v Australia

fourth ODI, Gros Islet
Pollard blocks more balls than most, but when he hits them, he hits so powerfully that the blocking becomes irrelevant. Coming in at 106 for 4, Pollard produced a memorable display of power-hitting, slugging 102 from 70 balls to defeat an Australian side that West Indies had come to regard as virtually unbeatable, and secure a 2-1 series lead.

Thisara Perera
69 not out v South Africa

fourth ODI, Kimberley
Perera stunned South Africa with sustained hitting to overhaul a stiff target of 300. Playing his first game of the series, Perera was promoted ahead of Angelo Mathews, with Sri Lanka on 196 for 4 at the start of the batting Powerplay. He swung the game in Sri Lanka's favour with consecutive blows over the midwicket boundary off Robin Peterson in the 43rd over, the second bringing up his maiden ODI fifty off only 30 deliveries.

Angelo Mathews
80 not out v Pakistan

fifth ODI, Colombo
A target of 248 isn't daunting. Unless you are 97 for 4 after 25 overs and 138 for 6 after 35. Amid the wreckage surrounding him, Mathews was a figure of calm and assurance, and not for the first time, he rescued Sri Lanka from trouble and fashioned a thrilling victory with the help of the tail in the series decider. He was judicious in picking the balls he wanted to dispatch, confident in his touch-play, and displayed confidence in his lower-order team-mates, reminding his opponents all the while that his was the decisive wicket.

Anamul Haque
120 v West Indies

second ODI, Khulna
Bangladesh thrashed West Indies in the second ODI, and they owed their early dominance in this match largely to Anamul, who became the third teenager from the country to score an ODI century. He slowed as he got near his hundred, taking 23 balls in the 90s, but played on till the 49th over to set a competitive target of 293 for West Indies, which they ended up falling short of by 160 runs.

Ian Bell
126 v West Indies

first ODI, Rose Bowl
Bell marked his return to England's 50-overs side with his second ODI hundred (nearly five years after his first one), helping his team earn an early series advantage with a 114-run victory. Playing as an opener after Kevin Pietersen retired from limited-overs cricket, and a day after getting ten stitches for an injury in the nets, Bell's determination made sure his innings took the hosts to a competitive 288.

Marlon Samuels
126 v Bangladesh

third ODI, Mirpur
With the series at stake, West Indies saved face with a four-wicket win, set up by a calm century from Samuels, who stayed on till nearly the end. Chasing a target of 228, he walked in when Chris Gayle departed for 4, and scored a patient 126 - his highest ODI score - giving West Indies their first win of the series.

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Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Hasan on January 14, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Virat Kohli - for either 183* against Pak or 133 against SL - and this is coming from a Pakistani who hates Kohli to the core due to his attitude (but still wishes that Pak had such a batsman minus the attitude). The way he planned to play cautious against Ajmal while going after the others in the biggest rivalry match in such a pressure situation was just outstanding. Also, his thrashing of Malinga in that 133 against SL to achieve that huge total in 37 overs was just mind-blowing! Granted Malinga sprayed one too many on the pads but just to have that mental edge by a youngster over one of the best bowlers was just outstanding.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    In the Olympics, countries with bigger Populations field more participants. If India could have a batting lineup of 100 batsmen, while Eng has the usual 11, then we can start comparing cricket with the Olympics. In the mean time, it's still 11 players vs. 11 players. Big population only gives you more depth in selection, which India are clearly not using to their advantage.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    i think some one missing somethink....as you saing only 11 people playing in the field so india 1 billion does not matter. but it is matter because india only knows how to play cricket and hockey so billion people should do much better than any country with cricket. and if u look china they don't play cricket but look at there olympic record. if you compare with england england not only playing cricket also playing lot of sports olympic, football, cricket, rugby, snooker, tennis, darts, hockey, ice hockey....and many many more but india konws only cricket. how about a match england versus india in football then....? i bet 25-0 minimum...? come on admit india not good enough in sports. get a olypic gold atleast then talk abt billion people.

  • Gaetano on January 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    @Greatest_game: Uruguay has won the world cup twice, not 3 times :) Just saying ... I agree with your point though.

  • Muhmmad on January 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    A Pak Fan here but for me Kohli innings of 183 will be the best one he played superbly and most importantly won the match for ind so my vote will be for Kohli.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I am a Paki fan but that classy Kohli innings in Asia Cup is undoubtedly the best of them all.............. Making such a score while chasing against the likes of Ajmals and Guls is an achievement :-). He made it look easy that day but to gain more respect he needs to bring maturity in his attitude as well :-)

  • RAHUL on January 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    First is the 180 by Virat Kholi because that was teh highest score against a batsmen against pakistan and the highest score in Asia Cup history, then Anamul's Century of 120 by just playing two matches, the Marlon Samuels 120 playing on a hard to bat pitch.

  • Shoaib on January 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Teenage senation Anamul Haque should get it he was also the top scorer at the under-19 world cup a star in the making.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    VOTE NOW for the Tigers..!!! Vote Anamul Haque for best ODI batting performance & Shohag Gazi for best ODI bowling performance!

  • Paul on January 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I don't think it's the best innings here, but you know what I love about Warner's 163? His first 100 took 111 balls, in the same year that he scored two test hundreds, both at faster rates (69 and 93 balls).