CricTracker Fan Poll: Best ODI cricketers of 2017
CricTracker ran a fan poll on its official Facebook page to pick the best one-day international player of the year.
Published - Dec 24, 2017 3:24 pm
Updated - Dec 24, 2017 4:11 pm
The year 2017 was an exciting one in terms of cricket. Scores of records fell as new ones were made and the heroes of the current times continued to dominate the game. In batting, the Virat Kohlis and Steve Smiths continued to scale greater heights while in bowling, it was the spinners who took the top spots as four of them booked their spots among the top five.
Team-wise, too, 2017 was a year of great feats in ODI cricket. It was Pakistan, one of the greatest sides of the game that had lost favour in recent times which lifted the coveted Champions Trophy in England, hammering arch-rivals India. India, however, had an excellent year otherwise, winning all six bilateral series they played in the year. Australia also had a memorable 2017, drubbing England in a one-sided Ashes series. The Indian eves’ losing a close match against England in the World Cup final was yet another pride for Indian cricket.
As it does every month, CricTracker ran a fan poll on its official Facebook page to pick the best one-day international player of the year and the list included, besides familiar names like Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root and Ben Stokes, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock and a couple of Pakistanis like Babar Azam and Hasan Ali and others. And guess who turned out to be the winner. It’s easy, it’s Virat Kohli.
7. Joe Root (England) – 1% vote
Joe Root had a decent run in ODIs in 2017 as he finished as the fourth best scorer with 983 runs in 19 matches at a superlative average of 70.21. The English Test skipper though ends the year at a low in the Ashes but overall had a year full of contribution in the coloured clothing. That though wasn’t enough to impress the fans and he managed just 1% votes.
Ben Stokes (England) – 1% vote
His colleague Ben Stokes, also a pillar of England’s batting line-up, accumulated 616 runs in 15 ODI games at an average of 61.60 to finish as the third best scorer for England in 2017 after Root and Eoin Morgan. Stokes, however, did not have the best of times of his career in 2017, thanks to injury and off-field controversies.