With such an increase in fame, the player participation has increased dramatically as well. Every few months, a new face is representing either their country or their clubs but most of them are on a short call as they failed to reserve a permanent seat in their team squads.
Out of the vast bunch of players, only a few go the distance and make the name and get all the fame the sport has to give. And you cannot judge a player from one good series or tournament. The measuring phenomenon should be based upon the number of consistent performances and addition to the teams’ success throughout the player’s career. Apart from the best batsman in the world in 2018, there will be best bowlers in the world in 2018 and all rounders as well.
If a player has a breakthrough tournament and good track record in domestic circuit but failed to maintain the consistency, they just become another one who bites the dust.
In this article, we will talk about the top 10 best cricketers in the world right now. The list will be based on the individual performances, their records and achievements with their teams. This list is just not about who is the best batsman in the world right now but about the bowlers and all rounders as well.
10. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is amongst the most lethal fast bowlers in the world right now. Some may consider him even far more talented than his contemporaries Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and others. He is included in the best cricketers in the world today.
He could have achieved higher
He is amongst the best Aussie bowlers and has been compared to Glenn McGrath by many. His is also the fastest ODI bowler to pick 100 wickets in just 52 games.
Apart from bowling, he can also bat at needed times and has done it so many times for Australia. He has picked more 350 wickets in the international circuit since he debuted in 2010.
9. Jasprit Bumrah
Indian team has been good overall but they have always rooted for a world-class pace bowler who can hold in the death overs. Jasprit Bumrah from Ahmedabad has filled that void in
Bumrah has full control over the ball, he can swing it in both directions and although his action is peculiar he could still bowl many yorkers in the death overs which could crush even the finest batsmen. Bumrah was the best Indian and one of the best bowler in the world in 2018.
Bumrah accomplished came all of a sudden. He took the wicket of Virat Kohli in his first ever IPL match and made his Test debut against South Africa. His bowling skills in death overs make him one of the best cricketer in the world today.
In a country where the batsmen are seen as the only players that value, Bumrah has broken the stereotype and has paved the way for the young generation of bowlers.
8. Joe Root
This English lad is one of the most consistent performers and amongst the best cricketers in the world today. He has scored runs in all the format and in every condition. His ability is of such measures that he is compared to the best players in the world right now.
Root is capable of consistent performances but there is only one thing lagging him behind other big names such as Virat Kohli, Williamson, Smith which is his incapability of converting his 50s into 100s.
He can hit 50s in every match but hasn’t converted them into big 100s alot. That’s put him behind names such as Kohli and Smith. He has 6279 runs in 74 test matches and in 121 ODIs, he has 4946 runs for England. His feats speak for itself. He was also amongst the best batsman in the world in 2018.
He has been named on and off as the English captain but his importance can never be fortified by the English team. He will be amongst the frontmen in English squad during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England.
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7. Babar Azam
Babar Azam as Pakistani fans calls him is Pakistan’s answer to Virat Kohli. Although, he hasn’t played many matches but yes he is still the most prolific pakistani batsman in this decade and one of the most consistent performers in world cricket today. He was also one of the best batsman in the world in 2018.
Azam is the no. 1 T20 batsman and recently became the fastest player to reach 1000 T20 International runs in just 26 innings surpassing the previous record of 27 innings by Virat Kohli. He has been more consistent in limited overs cricket for Pakistan in last 2 years even more than his teammates Fakhar Zaman and others.
Apart from major success in ODI and T20 cricket, he is still struggling to find his place in Test Cricket which unfortunately is the concern of the entire Pakistani team.
Although, he is still young, only 24 years old that means he has the time advantage with him and surely he will grow and contribute immensely to the Pakistani National Team.
6. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes became the overnight superstar when he was booked for the highest amount in the IPL 2017. He has an uncanny ability to stay in the news for both his in field and out field stunts. But one thing that is certain is that he is amongst the best all rounders in the world right now.
Stokes was first recognized when he smashed the fastest 250 in test cricket against South Africa after which he went on to become the costliest player in the IPL 2017 and also ended up becoming the man of the tournament. Even the following year he was the costliest player with Jaydev Unadkat. Currently, he is one of the best cricket player in the world.
His career was effected when he was banned by the English cricket board for 6 months following his alleged assault but he made a remarkable comeback against India in the recenlty concluded tour in 2018.
His performances and personality seems inspired by the English legend Andrew Flintoff and he will be an important asset to the English team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
5. David Warner
David Warner is a name that needs no introduction. When he was introduced to international cricket he was seen as the limited over batsmen but since his inception, he has made remarkable progress and now is considered as the phenomenon in Test cricket and since has become the best cricketer in the world today.
He has been the most brilliant batsmen in Australian opening line up and the only consistent one too. Although, he sustained a heartbreaking 1 year ban from international cricket following the ball tempering scandal last year.
But he will be back in the Australian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. But that doesn’t change the fact that this game changer is phenomenal in whatever he does, as a batsman and as a captain as well.
He will make a remarkable comeback and is confirmed to be playing in the IPL 2019. He has also won the IPL tournament for Gujarat Fortunegiants. He will be looking to catch up from where he left and we could witness some extraordinary batting.
4. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is the most prolific and currently one of the best cricketer in the world today. Again, his battings’ caliber can be compared to thus of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith but he does not make enough headlines because he is less exuberant compared to them. Yet he was one of the best batsman in the world in 2018.
He has created such an impact that even the great cricketing legends such as Ian Chappel and Martin Crowe have referred to him as one of the greatest cricketers in the world right now. Just like Kohli, he may not be up in the ICC t20 batsman rankings but he is the no. 2 test batsman in the world.
Since he has become the skipper of the New Zealand cricket team he has turned his team to one of the most consistent performers in all the formats of the game especially in the overseas conditions.
His most important aspect apart from his batting is his calmness which can be compared to the likes of MS Dhoni. And he has proved those wrong who said he is not a limited overs player. His stint as the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad last year and taking them all the way to the finals has turned him into a T20 favorites.
3. Rashid Khan
Okay Rashid Khan comes from a country where there is a rich cricket culture but still they failed to make it big so far. But Rashid Khan’s arrival can be seen as the rise of Afghanistan cricket. T20 cricket where batsman rule and the only bowlers that can do some damage are death overs fast bowlers. Coming from a country like Afghanistan and being a leg spinner and still becoming the no.1 T20 bowler is surely a mega achievement.
The young spinner’s bowling is so majestic that he is compared to the likes of death bowling experts such as Jasprit Bumrah and is placed aside players like Kane Williamson and Ben Stokes. In 2 years time, he has become a big name in international cricket. And he also became one of the best bowler in the world in 2018.
He has picked 118 wickets in 50 ODI and despite of the fact that Afghanistan has played only 1 Test match he has picked 64 wickets in 35 T20 Internationals.
He came into recognition with his performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad where he trained under the guidance of legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. Currently no. 2 in ODI and no. 1 in icc t20 bowling ranking, he is the future of Afghanistan cricket and an inspiration for the other youngsters.
2. Steve Smith
Same as his teammate David Warner, Steve Smith is sustaining a year ban from the international circuit for ball tempering but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still one of the best batsman in the world and arguably the finest Test batsman.
He started as a leg spinner in first class cricket and became one of the finest cricketers the world has ever seen. He filled the void created by the departure of legends like Ricky Ponting and Micheal Clarke in the Aussie middle order.
He can play in any condition. In 64 test matches for Australia, he has scored a remarkable 6499 runs with an equally awesome average of 61.38. A majority of the runs he scored are in opposing conditions where his teammates either struggled or collapsed. But he scored runs even there and wins the games for Australia as a captain.
Despite of the ban, the champion cricketer was one of the best batsman in the world in 2018 and he will make a comeback this year for the ICC World Cup 2019 and will could also lead his country.
1. Virat Kohli
Who else could grab the no. 1 spot other than King Kohli himself? He is the best cricketer in the world today, plain and simple. He has been the epitome of success and has stunned everyone by his, again and again, consistent performances. He has taken Indian cricket to a whole another level in every format. He was the best batsman in the world in 2018 and the player who is the best batsman in the world right now.
He recently became the first Indian captain to win a test series in Australia. If India is playing an ODI or a test series, one thing that is certain is that Kohli would be the one who would be topping the run charts.
His career has been magnificent throughout the years but especially since 2012 we have seen the dawn of king Kohli. He scores centuries like its nothing and that’s why he’s often compared with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
He became the fastest player to reach the 10000 runs mark in ODI cricket and he is also among the few players who have scored over 2000 runs in international cricket in one calendar year 3 consecutive times. Although, he is not at top 10 in the icc t20 batsman ranking but he is topping the Test and ODI batsman charts.
He will carry the hope of every Indian in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 and we will surely get to see many of his amazing batting performances in the coming days.