ODI batting nominees

Kohli's blitz, and Amla's record

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

Vishal Dikshit

January 10, 2013

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Anamul Haque became the third Bangladesh teenager to score a ODI century, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Khulna, December 2, 2012
Anamul Haque: Bangladesh's teen centurion © AFP

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.

Kieron Pollard smashes a six during his innings of 102, West Indies v Australia, 4th ODI, Gros Islet, March 23, 2012
Kieron Pollard: his hitting more than compensates for his blocking © Associated Press

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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Posted by Undergrounded 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by gzaf187 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.

Posted by Extraz 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.

Posted by   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 :-)

Posted by FOTO 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.

Posted by Warm_Coffee 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by __PK 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).

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 12, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket You commented that India, with a billion people, cannot dominate cricket. Before making this argument, remember these salient points:

There are only 11 players on the field, so the rest of any country's population, big or small, is immaterial.

The West Indies team is drawn from 10 countries & 5 dependencies, total population 5.8 million, about 10% of England's. However, the Windies COMPLETELY DOMINATED world cricket for over a decade. England, with 10 times the population, has never dominated international cricket.

England draws a quarter plus of it's cricket teams from other countries, primarily South Africa. A population of fifty + million & you have to raid the Saffer & Irish cupboard?

England's most popular sport is football. England won the FIFA world cup once. Uruguay, population 3.3 million, won it 3 times. THREE TIMES!

England has NEVER won a Cricket World Cup, but the Windies has!

It is an ignorant argument. Using it may make you appear ignorant.

Posted by tw2020 on (January 12, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

@English Cricket -Name number of titles your team has won? They have not won even a single world cup title.Compare this against the flat wicket batters team...:-) Indian team is going through transition phase..Just wait for few months our team will beat English team comfortably in future encounters..

Posted by Cricket_equals_Sachin on (January 12, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

@EnglishCricket .. its not about billion people its about 11 players and on any odd day a worst team like yours can beat India. My choice is Kohli's 133* against SL. What an outstaning batting performance it was.

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 12, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

The award should go to Anamul who along with Quinton De Kock are the new batting stars in the World of Cricket. It would be wise to give it to a youngster who is new to the block.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

I think Cook's hundred against Pakistan in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi deserves a mention. After being thrashed 3-0 in the tests, and widely criticized for his position in the team based on his strike rate, I think that's the best way to respond. Sad to see that knock is missing in the list.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

@EnglishCricket: Has any Eng batsman ever scored 183 on any flat wicket? Not even close dude. Had you done it then I would have taken your point seriously but as of now it seems you are just saying it for the sake of it cos you don't have it yourself He He.....

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (January 11, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

@Englishcricket no batmen in your current line up has passed 150 in odis.So i copletely agree with harmony111

Posted by asadaslam on (January 11, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Kohli is a good batsman no doubt, but the problem is that the Indian Media, Public and large sums of money have finally got to the head of this young cricketer :(

He has lost his focus and got caught with too much attention and hype..this led to a Greater than God attitude on and off the pitch

Posted by sriharisachin on (January 11, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

My choice is kohli`s 133

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@MaskRider - ahaha that's the best excuse I have ever heard yeah sure. We didn't have Trott, Broad, Anderson etc and our B or C team still beat you nice try :)

Posted by Kingzzzz on (January 11, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

@EnglishCricket: Actually mate Kohli is one of the best batsman in the world. The only reason we are losing is because our selection is all muddled up.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

@Harmony - Wow he scored an amazing unbeaten 100 in Hobart against a weak bowling attack :) he scored a 183 on a flat deck wow brilliant. Don't compare India with England, billion people and still cannot dominate Cricket tells you the whole story. Cricket isn't even our most popular sport and we still beat you :D :P

Posted by QTS_ on (January 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@RisingTeam: Agree with most of what you wrote, except the part about WI bowling form. The bowling attack for that match was quite ineffective and gave away a lot of extras. The WI attack improved for the next two matches. Nonetheless, Anamul did show admirable patience and sensible batting in staying until the 49th over while scoring consistently (except near the 100-run mark).

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

EnglishCricket: So Kohli has 7 100s vs other teams, right? How many Eng players have 7 ODI 100s? Kohli got that 133 in Hobart - not in Asia, try saying Hobart is a flat wicket too. Kohli got 183 vs Pak, not vs SL, try saying Pak is a weak bowling team too. The Eng team must have played 500+ ODI matches so far since 1975 right? How many (if at all) have got ODI scores of 183? Among those 500+ ODIs, the Eng team has played ~25 ODIs in India in last 5-6 years. How many 100s have the Eng team scored in India? How many 150s? How many 180s?

Take today's ODI match for instance. Over 300+ runs scored in both innings. Clearly a flat wicket, agree? On top of it, Ind got 2 rookie bowlers and 2 rubbish bowlers. Why didn't any Eng batsmen score a 100 today?

You see Mister, scoring 100s, even on a flat wicket ain't that easy. You guys can't even score 90s on flattest wickets vs weakest of bowlers and try to scoff at those who score twice as much as you - BATTING 2nd mind you.

You punctured Ha?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 11, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Anamul Haque not only he got his 100 at 19 years of age against the in form West Indies but scored when the wicket was offering lots of turn throughout that match and also resulted in Bangladesh biggest ever ODI win by 160 runs against West Indies.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Kohli's CB series ton (133* vs sri lanka) would get my vote. Matthews' 80 a close second. Kohli's 183 had an early repreive. Others on this list, spectacular as they all were, weren't nearly scored with the team under as much pressure. His 133* was chanceless, kept his team ahead of a steep equation and especially amazing for his jaw-dropping assault on Lasith Malinga, at that point the world's best death overs bowler. As Samuels has shown since, Malinga's yorker radar hasn't quite recovered.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (January 11, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

obviously youngest of all nominees Anamul haque,cause he made his maiden ton

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Kohli is an average player who only performs on flat tracks against weaker teams and definitely doesn't deserve this award. Everyone knows that India are too good for Sri Lanka in Cricket minnows when India faces them and most of his success have come against them with 6 of his 13 ODI 100s against Sri Lanka.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 11, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Anamul Haque because that knock allowed minnows to win a shock game against World Champions West Indies.

Posted by AvZee on (January 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

The award should go to Virat Kohli, because this guy is much talented than any other person right now according to me :) Just because he is out of form doesnt mean that he doesn't deserve the award.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Kholi deserves the win here, especially the 133*. The way he just put the pedal to the metal was astonishing. Even if Sri Lanka had made 500, the way Kholi was batting he would have blitzed that in 45 to 48 overs.

Posted by nlambda on (January 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

@Muneeb Rahman : Kolhi was NOT dropped by Akmal. Don't make up facts to make your defeat look accidental. The ball by ball commentary is here and mentions no drops: http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2012/engine/match/535798.html?innings=2;page=1;view=commentary

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

I think the main question is, which of the 2 Tons Kohli scored will be adjudged the best. It is 1-2 Kohli for sure....

Posted by lukecannon on (January 11, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Angelo Mathews 80 not out Vs Pakistan. The best knock chasing under pressure.

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

The award should go to Anamul Haque who is one of the batting rising stars because he did it as a teenager and against an in form World Champ. Mind you he was also the top run getter at the under-19 tournament.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

@counter 1.6 Before century Virat Kohli was dropped by Kamran Akmal He must be thanking to K.Akmal for 183 still your team out of the tournament what a shame!!!!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

This category is a no brianer - Kohli will win, just a matter of which of his 2 entries will top the list

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Well said Virat Shayek Ahmed . I do agree with your every opinion. The award should go to Virat kohli.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Angelo Methews 80* on a hard track and against strong bowling attack was the best innings of the year. I can never forget his last over 15 runs to Mohammad sami..

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 11, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Nobody really cares whether those runs have been on flat tracks or whatever. Cricket is a sport played in all sorts of surfaces and conditions that's what makes the sport unique in itself.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 What do you mean by worlds so called dangerous bowling attack :) You forget that how Kohli was surprised by a guy who bowled first time in front of him. In 3 matches he got him like that small guy was able to read kohli's mind. LOL and If you are talking about Bhuvneshwar Kumar then nothing surprising with it every debutant made their records against Pakistan as their batting is always a minus point.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

@AndyZaltzmannsHair: Ha Ha Ha, you and your typical patronizing comments for anything related to Ind. Warner too scored 163 vs SL on a wicket where 300+ runs were scored in both innings but that is not a flat wicket for you right?

Btw, over 3000 ODIs have been played so far and a lot of them have been on flat wickets. How many times have you seen a knock of 183 while chasing? How many times in all has someone scored 180+ runs in ODI? FYI, that 183 is the 2nd highest score ever batting 2nd.

Watson scored 185 on this very ground but against whom? Against World Beaters BD, chasing 229. Kohli scored 183 against Pak's Ajmal & Gul chasing 329 in a do-die match. Yet somehow Kohli's knock is not significant just cos it came on a flat wicket??

What do they say for THAT MATCH? Greatest ever? Didn't Ricky & Gibbs score 165/175 on the flattest track there? But they were both great knocks right?

U vote 4?

And oh, Amla scored a 300 where Kallis too scored a double. Clearly that was flat too.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 11, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

@Counterstrike1.6: The pitch that Kohli scored his 183 against Pak was as flat as they come. And judging by the way he recently batted against Pak I don't think any Pak bowlers will be getting nightmares thinking of him.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 11, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Both Virat and Anamul knocks are the impressive ones. Virat where India had to chase more than 320 against a very strong bowling attack and at one point in that match India were 0 runs for 1 wicket so Virat had to get those runs with so much pressure. Anamul knock was good as well which resulted Bangladesh their biggest ever ODI margin win and became the third Bangladeshi teenager to score an ODI 100, one of the young batting stars emerging in the World of Cricket who was also the top run scorer at the Under-19 World Cup by a distance.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

No brainer that Kohli's 133* was by some distance the best knock of the year. In fact, his 183 is the next best and that too by some distance. 3rd best knock of the year was by Pollar and the 4th best was by Amla.

I'd like to know the reasons why anyone would put other knocks ahead of the twin 100s by Kohli. Kohli got the highest score of the year batting 2nd and vs a supposedly very strong Pak bowling attack. Kohli played a gem of a knock to secure a 37 over victory chasing 300+. Did others have any of these attributes? No.

On a different note, I read here that Anamul Haque played 23 balls in his 90s. Hmm, I did not hear anyone saying he was a selfish player who played only for his records...did he not play for his 100 there?

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 11, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Well I would pick Virat's 183 against Pakistan.

Surely it's NOT a cake walk to humiliate World's So-called dangerous bowling attack(consisting of likes Ajmal, Afridi, Gul etc.), that too while chasing 300+, that too on a pitch that was assisting bowlers, that too against your arch-rival and that too to stay alive in the tournament. Well done, Virat ! Even if you don't get the award, Pak bowlers will remember that night for their whole lifetime.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

my pick is Virat Kohli....last year he played tremedously....he deserves something special...i think HIS knock at Hobart 133* one of the greatest innings of ODI cricket...also his 183 vs Pak was a superb knock ....but i prefer most 133* ...& i think Dhonis 113* deserve a nomination at least...<3 all the best VIRAT KOHLI <3

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

My pick is ANAMUL HAQUE. He scored that match winning knock to seal the record 160 runs win for his team against current World T20 Champ WI. He scored this ton only on his 2ND International Match too!

Posted by TATTUs on (January 11, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Its Kohli at Hobart. His own 183 against Pakistan comes close. Ian Bell, Namul haque? You got to be joking. Ahh.. you need to fill the list.

Posted by Romanticstud on (January 11, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Hashim Amla ... started his career in and out of the South African side ... Can back transformed and reliable on all tracks on the Sub-Continent and elsewhere ... 12 inninngs faster than Viv ... that takes some doing ... 150 against the No 1 side at that stage was remarkable as was his 311 against them in the 1st test against them ...

Posted by arun141 on (January 11, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

I will go with Anamul Haque considering that he has scored against an stronger side.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Malinga for the first time ended with an economy of 12 runs an over-all because Kohli's domination.So he should be the winner.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 11, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Obviously, the no brainer is Kohli's knock in Hobart. The Indian Team was really facing a mission impossible: chasing some 330 odd runs in only 40 overs and he shocked the world with that display. Definitely one of the best ODI Innings I have ever seen in all my life of watching cricket. Second place would go to Anamul Haque for securing that 2-0 lead over the West Indies. Nobody expected Bangladesh to win even one ODI against the resurging West Indies and he helped them win 2 in a row, setting up a huge upset series win. 3rd would have to be Kohlis 183 against Pakistan and 4th would have to be Angelo Matthew's 80 against Pakistan (also facing an almost impossible situation)

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

I would go for the Virat in Hobart..What a night that was..A team that had lost everything, came back hard to butcher Malinga..One of the best ODI innings ever!

Posted by sid sharma on (January 11, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Where is Dhoni's 113* in the list ? (1st ODI vs Pak in Chepauk) I am not saying it should win but it deserves a nomination at least.

What an innings of great character, discipline and determination it was !

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

183* by Virat against Pakistan

Posted by Puneet_Jamariya on (January 11, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Kohli is the winner for me, Hobart's case was amazing to see from a young batsman and then he followed it up against the arch rivals in a high scoring-high pressure game. He just edges ahead of Hashim amla, my second pick of these nominations!

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