Scoring hundreds is always important for a batsman. If you have scored a hundred as a batsman, it means you have spent a considerable amount of time at the crease and have been able to control the game and it goes a long way towards laying a platform for your team, especially in Test and ODI cricket.
While for the middle and the lower middle-order batsmen, making an impact with the bat is more important than scoring hundreds, for top-order batsmen, scoring hundreds is a must because only then the middle and the lower middle-order batsmen will have the platform to play freely.
Here are the 3 players with most international hundreds in this decade –
#1 Virat Kohli:
Virat is one of those players who don’t throw their wickets away after getting starts. If you have to get Virat out, you will have to do that in the first 15-20 deliveries that he faces. If he gets his eye in, he will hurt you as a bowling unit by scoring big, whichever format of the game it might be.
The Indian captain doesn’t have a weakness against any type of bowling in particular and once he finds his rhythm, the fielders are fetching the ball from the ropes most of the time. One of the main reasons why Virat is able to score so many hundreds on a consistent basis is his focus. He doesn’t let his guard down at any stage.
Virat scored 69 hundreds in the 386 international games that he played for India during this decade and most of those hundreds were match-winning ones.
#2 Hashim Amla:
Amla, who is now retired from international cricket after playing for a major part of this decade, played the same sort of role for South Africa that Virat played for India.
Amla also batted in the top order and just held the innings together for the Proteas. Amla would have hardly played a slog during his entire career. His strength was his ability to pick the length of the ball early and put it into the gaps.
The 36-year old went past the three-figure mark 47 times in the period between 2010 and 2019 in a total of 286 international matches that he played.
#3 David Warner:
Warner’s batting style is a little different from that of Kohli and Amla. He goes hard at the top of the order and doesn’t shy away from playing lofted shots, but as his innings progresses, he settles down.
Despite having a high-risk batting approach at the start of his innings, Warner is right up there in terms of consistency, particularly in white-ball cricket.
The 33-year old left-hander was out of the game for 12 months as he was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, but he came back and started scoring runs with the same consistency.
Warner scored 41 hundreds in this decade in a total of 260 international matches, averaging 44.58 with the bat.