Well, it was quite a season that saw a hectic schedule for each country in the last 12-month period. During the course, a lot of ODI games are on the display, where we came across finest performances by the individuals. Meanwhile, we figured out the ODI XI of the year 2018 based on the stats in the calendar year.
Openers: Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope
The opening batsman of India and also the deputy of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma was in scintillating form with the bat. He batted extraordinarily for India by knocking runs on a consistent basis. He ended 2018 as the second highest run-getter in ODI format. Rohit will also take the vice-captaincy role.
Joining him, it would be Shai Hope. You might be surprised but Hope is in a great form, who batted fantastically for Windies in away tours. He was the only batsman in the Windies, who consistently delivered at the top for the team.
Though the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan pushes for a place, it is the batting average of Shai Hope, which gains him the spot. He finished with an impeccable average of 67.3.
Number 3 – Virat Kohli (Captain)
No surprises right? Virat Kohli is in a scintillating form and there is no other cricketer, who is near him, as per the stats he registered. He finished on top of the batting charts for 2018 with 1202 runs to his name. Kohli finished the season with an astounding average of 133.55. He will also take the captaincy role.
Middle-Order: Joe Root, Ross Taylor
Coming to the middle-order department, it will be taken care by England Test skipper Joe Root and the Kiwis middle-order batsman Ross Taylor. Both of them have been brilliant for their sides, who registered some exceptional batting numbers as well.
Ross Taylor has got the staggering average of 91.28 with 181* as his best score. On the other hand, Joe Root scored 3 centuries with an average of 59.12.
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Jason Holder
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was at his brutal best across the formats for Bangladesh. He has been the man for them in all sections of the game to make things happen for the team. On the other side, Jason Holder also played brilliant enough to find a place in the list of Best ODI XI of the year 2018.
Shakib scored 497 runs and picked 21 wickets in 15 matches while Jason Holder scored 405 runs by batting down the order. In bowling, he bagged 21 wickets.
Spinners: Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav
It is an easy choice to pick the spinners for the team. As per the stats or else, as per the skills, Rashid Khan and Kuldeep Yadav are at top of the chart with a fair distance to their next place. Rashid Khan, in particular, has been brilliant for the team, who developed his batting skills as well.
Rashid Khan bagged 48 wickets in the 178 overs that he bowled for Afghanistan in the ODI format. On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav picked 45 wickets in 172.2 overs. Both got fine bowling averages as well.
Fast Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi
Yet again an easy option to choose in the bowling category. The astounding performances in the 2018 year will lay a road for Jasprit Bumrah to walk into the Best ODI XI Of The Year 2018. For the final spot, Lungi Ngidi will be grabbing the spot for his incredible season under the belt.
Ngidi picked 26 wickets in his 107 overs while featuring in 13 matches. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah picked 22 wickets in 100.5 overs in 13 games.
Also, Here is the Best ODI XI Of The Year 2018:
Rohit Sharma (VC), Shai Hope (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Joe Root, Ross Taylor, Shakib Al Hasan, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Lungi Ngidi