Cricket has been regarded as the “game of gentlemen” since earlier times. Now, it is associated with drastic changes not only in terms of rules and regulations, but also in the style and trends. Hence, only those batsmen are successful who have adopted the new techniques fitting with the current requirements. Various national and international players have proved their versatility and shown their best performances. Below is the list of top 10 batsmen in the world in 2013. This ranking is based on their current run rates and overall performances and achievements.
10. Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara is regarded as among the best batsmen in the world in 2013 due to his outstanding performance in test matches in 2013 as he has scored 777 runs. He is target oriented and keeps an eye on the situation for scoring the maximum runs, no matter about the opposition team.
9. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is one of the most organized batsmen in the Australian cricket team. He has shown his batting potential in the T20 World Cup and brought his team to the finals with great ease. He proves to be very dangerous against every team especially in ODI and T20I. He has made his position among the best batsmen by scoring 752 runs in T20I and 691 runs in ODI in 2013.
8. Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is quite a professional batsman and is known to be the backbone of Australian cricket team. He has proved himself as among the best batsmen in the world by scoring 860 runs in test matches in 2013. He is quite calm and has talent of absorbing the pressure with patience. He is also quite expert in mounting the innings.
7. M S Dhoni
M S Dhoni is among the best batsmen in the world in 2013 as he has played well in ODI in 2013 and scored 784 runs just next to Virat Kohli. He is quite famous for his helicopter short and possesses the ability to support his team with the mounted run rate. He is known to be a dangerous batsman especially during the last overs of the innings.
6. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the emerging new star in the world of cricket and has made a key position in the Indian cricket team. His amazing performance as a batsman can be seen in the One Day International as he blasted the second highest of 812 runs next to Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers. He is quite a talented batsman and has also proved himself in T20I 2013 by scoring 731 runs.
5. Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook is the youngest batsman worldwide. He has robustly shown his potential in the cricket by making number of records such as being the first captain worldwide scoring a century in his first five tests. He performed quite well in test matches by scoring 792 runs, as well as in One Day International by scoring 710 runs. He has an elegant style of batting and plays the cut short and hook short with perfection and quite easiness.
4. K Sangakkara
K Sangakkara is a consistent batsman and is regarded as one of the top 10 batsmen in the world. He is highly target oriented and is quite expert in adopting the batting style according to the situation. He has made his position among the best batsmen by scoring 866 runs in test matches while obtained a score of 735 in ODIs in 2013. He has earned his position in the cricket on the basis of strike rate and batting aptitude along with number of achievements.
3. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers has gained his ranking at number 3 position as he has made equal number of runs as that of Hashim Amla in ODI 2013 but slightly lesser (879 runs) than him (903) in test match. He has also shown his best performance in the South Africa’s second inning in 2013 by blasting 103 off 117 balls. He is quite famous being named as “Player of the Series” as he scored the century in the third and deciding test of the series in South Africa during the last year.
2. Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla is the second most impactful batsman in 2013 as he has ranked the topmost position in both test match as well as in ODI with maximum score of 903 in test match and 882 in ODI in 2013. His recent incomparable performance against Pakistan has helped the South African team to win the test series. He is stylish and consistent batsman and make proud of his team by being the part of it.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is the best performer in 2013 as he has broken the number of records in the IPL history and even in the whole professional cricket, including record of fastest century by scoring a century in just 30 balls, and the breathtaking highest individual score record in the history of Twenty20 cricket by blasting 175 runs.