Games and sports have been an important part of our culture and tradition since ancient times. Domestic and international sports matches always remain a massive source of entertainment for the public. Likewise, cricket has created a gigantic influence on the youngsters of all ages. In cricket, most of the mind blowing and critical situations are handled by the great batsmen clever strikes and thus become famous as the hero of their team. Pages of the history have marked various best batsmen who earned their names after making a marvelous performance in the international cricket stadium of the world. Year after year, experienced and good batsmen are reporting many records and gaining upgrading in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking. It is interesting to note that in the list of best batsmen of 2013 we have two wicketkeeper batsmen but no all-rounder. Have a look at the following list of top 10 best batsmen of 2013.
10. Michael Hussey
Michael Edward Killeen Hussey is affectionately known as Huss as it is found that he is more likely to be called by this name. Hussey is an Australian left handed batsman as an international cricketer and represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. He has played a number of cricket matches including both ODI and test series against every international cricket team. In the past, he has named after himself the victory of ICC champion trophy by defeating the final match against Pakistan in a most conflicting and under pressure match. Hussey has been found promoting his skills and performance to fix his position in his team but he has announced retirement from test cricket recently.
9. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir is one of the leading left handed batsman and captain who has always been considered as a best opener for the Indian cricket team. The way Gambhir play to the cover drive and off side is really impressive and commentators praise the art of his batting very much. The Gautam Gambhir has been positioned as ICC test player of the year in 2009 and in the same year he was at the top 1 position in the ICC batting ranking. Gambhir has played 139 ODI matches scoring 11 centuries and 33 fifties with a strike rate of 86.06. He has also contributed significant achievements in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and represented the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. The IPL is a famous domestic cricket competition previously held many times in India
8. Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook is the left handed batsman who is on his way to be the world top most batsmen in the upcoming year. His best performance was recorded against the Srilanka in which Cook scored 110 runs. He was also awarded man of the match award in 4 test series and a couple of one day matches. Being young, he has also leaded his team as a captain in the running year and in a news report he is willing to continue his career as a shining batman. Furthermore, England has always a cracking series against Australia which is most commonly known as “The Ashes” and Cook stood prominent in the said series and almost has high score rating against Australia.
7. Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is the Australian young medium pace bowler and considered as a very good batsman in his team. The salient feature of the Clarke batting is that he has almost played all the matches with great consistency and the perfect timing. He has played 221 ODI matches and scored 7 centuries and 54 fifties. Under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting, Michael always remained a middle order batsman keeping the line of defense strong. This is the reason behind the constant winning of Australian team during the previous years as the Australian cricket board prefers to offer chance to his fantastic players again and again until the player get confident enough to face any trouble.
6. MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is born in 1981 in his homeland India. He is a wicketkeeper, stunning batsman and a strategic captain of the Indian cricket team. Currently, India is the World Champion and recently won the cricket World Cup in the captaincy of MS Dhoni. We can better realize the abilities and confidence of Dhoni which he gained in his gigantic success. Dhoni has the average score rate of 51.17 which still falls in the highest average score. This dangerous batsman has scored 183 as his best in international cricket match and during his initial matches he proved himself as a very treacherous batsman by putting sudden pressure on the opponent team.
5. Jonathan Trott
Jonathan trot is an emerging batsman for the England cricket team. He has shown his spirit in his domestic cricket career as well as in international cricket matches. He has played many matches for various domestic teams like Boland, England Lions, South Africa under-15s, South Africa under-19s, Warwickshire, Otago and built up an average score of 49.37. Trott is not only a best batsman in cricket but also a good fielder and bowler. He has proved himself as a regular al rounder. Moreover, the cricketer of the year award nominated by the ICC was reserved for the Trott and Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy was awarded to the Jonathan in 2011.
4. AB de Villiers
Likewise Kumar Sangakara, the AB de Villiers has come up with unique batting performance for the South Africa. As the situation began favoring the opponents in any match, then it is show time for the AB to grip the match statistics in his hands. The beauty of this man is that he has maintained his batting performance in all the matches he played since he started his career. He has 49.21 average score in 149 ODI matches played against different teams. He is not only a wonderful match winning batsman but also a superb wicketkeeper.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is an Indian middle order right handed superstar boom boom batsman and most of the times stand as a main pillar in bowling defense for the Indian team. The most fascinating feature regarding his batting is that he has just raised his score up to 3886 in 90 one day international matches. As far as the batting performance of Virat is concerned, he plays very beautifully at leg side and on the onside deep cover dodging the fielders. He has striking 183 best score in his one day. He is a prospect for India and Cricket Gurus think that 2013 will be a good year for Kohli.
2. Hashim Amla
Hashim Muhammed Amla is a South African top batsman who earned an accelerated highest ranking in the batting order during the last few months. He played 62 test matches and 59 international one day matches with an average score of almost 49 and 58 which is obviously a brilliant average. In ODI, he has a figure of 150 as his best score. However, he played a crucial role for his team at the test series against England in 2012 in which Amla scored triple century and became the first South African batsman achieving 311 score and yet surprisingly remained not out. The International cricket council (ICC) has placed Hashim Amla at the top positions in the batting order.
1. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is better to be recalled as a greatest all-rounder rather than a batsman or wicketkeeper of the Srilankan Cricket team. No doubt, Kumar is a confident and strategic opener and knows how to keep wickets in hand to put pressure away. As a cricketer, he has accompanied many responsibilities and elevated his team ranking with full devotion. He is also well trained to make speedy score in T20 matches with a short available number of balls. In his cricket career, he played 333 and 111 international one day and test matches scoring 10,842 and 9,872 respectively. During his cricket career, he also remained as captain of his team. He is the best batsman of 2013 in the world.