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Top 5 run-scorers and wicket-takers in 2016

By Sampath -

The year 2016 will be remembered for Twenty20 Internationals not only because of the World T20 in India, but a total of 100 games were played in the year which is the highest number in any format in 2016. Increase in T20I games had effect on ODIs, as 99 ODIs were played in 2016, the 2nd fewest in a year in the last two decades. However, the number of Tests played did increase this time around as 47 were played in 2016, the highest number of games in the last 8 years.

England were seen playing more Tests than others while Australia played more ODIs. India did play T20Is a bit more than others. More games in a specified format saw the team’s players topping individual charts. Here we look at the Top 5 run-scorers and wicket-takers in each format in 2016.

Test cricket:

Playing as many as 17 Tests put three England batsmen at top in the leading run scorers list in Test cricket in 2016. With 1477 runs, Joe Root finished at top while Bairstow fell 7 runs behind Root’s tally but scored with a better average. Cook aggregated 1270 runs but averaged just 42. Virat Kohli led his side from front scoring 1215 runs, the 4th most by any player this year. He struck 4 centuries out of which 3 were converted to double and other been a 150+ score. Pakistan opener Azhar Ali had a solid year as he aggregated 1198 runs with a triple century and a double ton on his name in 2016.

Top 5 run getters in 2016 in Tests:

Player

Team

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

100s

50s

JE Root 

England

17

32

2

1477

254

49.23

3

10

JM Bairstow 

England

17

29

4

1470

167*

58.8

3

8

AN Cook 

England

17

33

3

1270

130

42.33

2

7

V Kohli 

India

12

18

2

1215

235

75.93

4

2

Azhar Ali 

Pakistan

11

22

3

1198

302*

63.05

3

4

 

Ashwin led the bowlers’ charts with 72 wickets in the 12 Tests he played in 2016. He picked 8 five-fers and 3 ten-wicket match hauls at an average of 24. Rangana Herath finished the year with 57 wickets, with an exemplary average of 18.92, higher than the other top wicket-takers in the year. Mitchell Starc was only other bowler with 50 wickets in the year as he bagged exactly 50 wickets in the 8 games and stood out as highest among pacers in 2016.

Stuart Broad played 14 games but could take only 48 wickets but still ended up in top 4. Rabada and Yasir Shah took 46 wickets each with Yasir averaging 38.7 as he was taken for quite a lot of runs in the year.

Top 5 wicket takers in 2016 in Tests:

Player

Team

Mat

Wickets

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

5WI

10WM

R Ashwin 

India

12

72

7/59

13/140

23.9

2.94

8

3

HMRKB Herath 

Sri Lanka

9

57

8/63

13/145

18.92

2.61

5

2

MA Starc 

Australia

8

50

6/50

11/94

22.58

3.46

3

1

SCJ Broad 

England

14

48

6/17

8/99

26.56

2.74

1

0

K Rabada 

South Africa

9

46

7/112

13/144

23.34

3.81

4

1

Yasir Shah 

Pakistan

10

46

6/72

10/141

38.69

3.3

4

2

 

One Day Internationals:

David Warner had a remarkable year in ODIs as he amassed 1388 runs in the year with 7 centuries and almost replicated Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI form in 1998 as Warner averaged 63.09 and scored runs at a strike rate of 105.47. Australian captain Steven Smith was only player other to Warner to score 1000 ODI runs in 2016. He averaged 50.17 in 2016 scoring 3 centuries.

Quinton de Kock averaged in high 50s scoring 857 runs with 3 centuries which includes a career best of 178. Bailey, who played 27 games, the 2nd most by any player this year, finished at 4th with 808 runs though he averaged just 36.72.

Joe Root got to bat only 14 times but scored 796 runs at a healthy average of 61.23 and finished in top 5 run-getters in this format.

Top 5 run getters in 2016 in ODIs:

Player

Team

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100s

50s

DA Warner 

Australia

23

23

1

1388

173

63.09

105.47

7

4

SPD Smith 

Australia

26

25

2

1154

164

50.17

89.18

3

7

Q de Kock 

South Africa

17

17

2

857

178

57.13

108.61

3

3

GJ Bailey 

Australia

27

25

3

808

112

36.72

79.21

1

5

JE Root 

England

15

14

1

796

125

61.23

91.81

2

6

 

3 leg spinners featured in the top 5 wicket-takers in 2016 in ODIs. Adam Zampa topped the list with 30 wickets in the 19 games he played while John Hastings took 29 in 15 games, almost at a rate of two wickets per game in 2016. Hastings’ average of 24.13 is the best average among the top 5 wicket-takers in 2016 ODIs.

Adil Rashid was the joint 2nd highest wicket-taker with 29 wickets on his name. He and Hastings managed to take two 4-wicket hauls in ODIs this year. Trent Boult and Imran Tahir picked up 27 wickets each with Tahir recording the best bowling figures of 2016 ODIs with 7/45.

Top 5 wicket takers in 2016 in ODIs:

Player

Team

Mat

Wickets

BBI

Ave

Econ

4WI

5WI

A Zampa 

Australia

19

30

3/16

27.8

5.36

0

0

JW Hastings 

Australia

15

29

6/45

24.13

5.32

1

1

AU Rashid 

England

17

29

4/43

28.34

5.19

2

0

TA Boult 

New Zealand

14

27

4/40

25.7

5.33

1

0

Imran Tahir 

South Africa

15

27

7/45

25

5.15

0

1

 

Twenty20 Internationals:

Despite having a sublime year with bat, Virat Kohli did not feature in top 5 run scorers in ODIs and in top 3 in Tests as he didn’t feature in as many games as others but he was on top in T20Is, a mile ahead of others. He aggregated 641 runs in 2016 in T20Is, easily most by anyone in a year. His 7 fifties in 2016 are also a record. Mohammad Shahzad averaged 37.14 in 15 games and scored 520 runs, finishing as the 2nd highest rungetter in 2016. He is only the 2nd player after Kohli to score 500 T20I runs in a year. Despite averaging 29.23 only, Rohit Sharma ended as 3rd highest run getter as he played 18 T20Is scoring 497 runs with 4 fifties.

Sabbir Rahman and Glenn Maxwell grabbed 4th and 5th spots with 463 runs and 435 runs respectively on their name. Maxwell’s unbeaten 145 against Sri Lanka, the highest individual T20I score in 2016 gave him the boost to finish in top 5.

Top 5 run getters in 2016 in T20Is:

Player

Team

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100s

50s

V Kohli

India

15

13

7

641

90*

106.83

140.26

0

7

Mohammad Shahzad

Afghanistan

15

15

1

520

118*

37.14

152.94

1

1

RG Sharma

India

18

18

1

497

83

29.23

131.48

0

4

Sabbir Rahman

Bangladesh

16

16

3

463

80

35.61

127.54

0

2

GJ Maxwell

Australia

11

11

2

435

145*

48.33

174.69

1

2

 

Top 5 ODI batsmen and bowlers lists of 2016 might not include any Asians but the highest wicket-takers of 2016 in T20Is were all about players of Asia. Jasprit Bumrah, who made his debut this year, ended the year as highest wicket-taker in T20Is in 2016. He now holds the record for most T20I wickets in a calendar year with 28 wickets. Ravi Ashwin started the year on storm before cooling down in WT20. However, he finished with 23 wickets with a personal best bowling of 4/8.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan shared the 2nd spot with Ashwin as he too picked 23 wickets at a better average and played fewer matches than Ashwin. Rashid Khan featured in U19 World Cup in January-February and played the WT20 in March for Afghans. Al-Amin Hossain and Amjad Javed took 22 wickets apiece with an average below 16.

Top 5 wicket takers in 2016 in T20Is:

Player

Team

Mat

Overs

Wickets

BBI

Ave

Econ

4WI

5WI

JJ Bumrah 

India

21

79.3

28

3/11

18.82

6.62

0

0

Rashid Khan 

Afghanistan

15

59

23

3/11

16.13

6.28

0

0

R Ashwin 

India

17

59

23

4/8

16.17

6.3

1

0

Al-Amin Hossain 

Bangladesh

14

41.5

22

3/25

15.18

7.98

0

0

Amjad Javed 

UAE

12

43

22

4/25

15.5

7.93

0

0

 

Sampath

Cricket Statistician and Journalist | Love to churn out