STAT ATTACK: List of best finishers in ODI cricket history

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Virat Kohli is hailed as the best limited-overs batsman not only because he scores runs, but for his ability to stay till the end and finish the matches for his team. Finishing is the most crucial job in limited-overs cricket and this is why teams give a lot of importance to their number 6 batsman, these days. Over the years, we have seen many great finishers in ODI cricket. From Michael Bevan to MS Dhoni, the game of cricket has witnessed some brilliant finishers. In this post, Umang Pabari lists the best finishers in ODI cricket, with their, runs, balls faced, average, strike rate and other relevant numbers.

 

 

Player name Country Innings Runs Balls faced Average Strike rate 100s 50s No. of ducks Highest score
Virat Kohli India 91 4408 4771 61.22 92.39 15 22 4 183
AB de Villiers SA 91 3812 4046 57.75 94.21 7 26 2 136*
Michael Bevan Australia 81 2882 4263 56.50 67.60 3 19 2 107
Michael Clarke Australia 75 2696 3532 53.92 76.33 3 21 4 105*
Shane Watson Australia 63 2640 2909 52.80 90.75 5 15 2 185*
MS Dhoni India 117 3933 4727 51.07 83.20 2 27 4 183*
Matthew Hayden Australia 62 2450 3095 50.00 79.15 1 20 4 109
Gordon Greenidge West Indies 73 2996 4621 49.11 64.83 7 16 1 133*
Sunil Gavaskar India 48 1905 3100 48.84 61.45 3 18 2 103*
Ashish Bagai Canada 32 1191 1646 47.64 72.35 2 9 2 137*
Hansie Cronje South Africa 77 2658 3530 47.46 75.29 0 20 3 98*
Peter Kirsten South Africa 21 739 1200 46.18 61.58 0 6 0 97
Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 69 2331 3207 45.70 72.68 0 19 3 93*
Gautam Gambhir India 78 3093 3590 45.48 86.15 6 21 5 150*
Shikhar Dhawan India 43 1814 1978 45.35 91.70 5 10 2 126

 

Here’s the list of top 15 batsmen with best average in successful chases:

 

Player name Country Innings Runs Balls faced Average Strike rate 100s 50s No. of ducks Highest score
MS Dhoni India 60 2327 2572 105.77 90.47 2 15 2 183*
Michael Bevan Australia 45 1725 2597 86.25 66.42 3 12 2 107
Virat Kohli India 57 3275 3398 83.97 96.38 13 14 3 183
AB de Villiers South Africa 53 2363 2457 81.48 96.17 5 17 2 136*
Michael Hussey Australia 27 741 993 74.10 74.62 0 4 1 75*
Michael Clarke Australia 53 2142 2756 73.86 77.72 3 17 0 105*
Hansie Cronje South Africa 43 1682 2093 70.08 80.36 0 15 1 94
Martin Crowe New Zealand 32 1470 1882 70.00 78.10 2 12 1 107*
Allan Border Australia 46 1815 2478 69.80 73.24 1 18 0 105*
Arjuna Ranatunga Sri Lanka 56 2007 2454 69.20 81.78 1 13 3 131*
Abdul Razzaq Pakistan 37 1033 1274 68.86 81.08 1 5 1 109*
Brian Lara West Indies 78 3498 4203 68.58 83.22 7 21 2 153
Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 38 1359 1847 67.95 73.57 0 12 1 93*
Eoin Morgan England/ Ireland 36 1403 1492 66.80 94.03 4 7 2 124*
Damien Martyn Australia 47 1334 1764 66.70 75.62 0 11 2 92*

[NOTE: (These lists contain players who have played more than 25 innings while chasing) (Numbers updated till 05-06-2016)]

By Umang Pabari

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