Cricket is a team sport, but sometimes a few individual performances outweigh the team’s combined contribution. Individual performances are what excite fans about the star players and the game in general. Let’s take a look at some of the best individual performances the sport witnessed in 2019.
10. Hazratullah Zazai smashes 16 sixes in a T20
Scoring 162 in any format of the game is a feat but scoring it in a T20 International is even more fascinating. Hazratullah Zazai’s innings of 162* vs Ireland with a mammoth 16 SIXES takes the 10th spot on our list.
9. Babar Azam scores his awaited World Cup 100!
Babar Azam finally got his first World Cup 100 in an intense game against New Zealand, which was a must-win for Pakistan! It was a game of nerves as the match ended with 5 balls to spare, and undefeated New Zealand faced their first defeat of the tournament with Babar Azam scoring 101* from 127 deliveries.
8. Chase gets 8 against England! (8/60)
Roston Chase bamboozled England in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test of the Three Lions tour of the Caribbean racking up an impressive win for the West Indies camp and securing a famous win for them.
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7. Woakes saves England
A post World Cup winning England team looked like they hadn’t recovered from the celebrations when they got out for only 85 in the 1st innings, but heroic spell from Woakes saved the champions from a Test loss against Ireland as he took 6 wickets in a thrashing where Ireland got out for only 38 in the 2nd innings.
6. King Kohli reigns supreme
Virat Kohli played an incredible inning of 254 with a strike rate of 75.6 to set up a massive total in the 2nd test of South Africa’s tour of India. India set up a total of 601, after which they won by an innings and 137 runs, racking up pivotal points in the ICC Test Championship.
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5. Amir fights alone against the Aussies
Mohammad Amir showed why he’s one of the World Class pacers in the world in his 5-wicket haul against the Aussies in the World Cup group stage. His spell included 2 maidens with an economy of 3.00 which was extravagant when we look at how the other bowlers played.
4. Warner dominates Pakistan
Warner played an innings to remember against Pakistan. It was the 10th highest ever Test individual score and the highest Test score in the last 13 years. His figures were 335* from 418 deliveries with a strike rate of 80.14.
3. Rohit Sharma defends India’s streak
Rohit Sharma played one of the best knocks of the World Cup when he scored a very technical 140 from 113 deliveries against the Pakistani bowling attack, setting up a convincing win for the Indian team and keeping their undefeated streak against the Pakistani team at the World Cup, secure.
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2. Smith continues his incredible summer in England
Steve Smith showed us why he’s one of the best in the world when he played the best innings of his incredible Ashes series. His 211 in the 1st innings helped Australia take their 2nd win in the tournament and also meant that they would retain the Ashes.
1. Stokes stars in Ashes marvel!
Undoubtedly the best individual performance of this year came when Ben Stokes performed superbly with both the bat and the ball in an incredible 1 wicket win to keep England’s Ashes hopes alive in the 3rd Test. He took 4 wickets, but his 135 in the second innings was one of the best and most composed Test innings we’ve seen under pressure.
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