Dec 30 (TruthDive) : India had a decent year in the ODI format as against its form in the test matches, which was nothing much to talk about.
India had the 4th best victory % of 63.04 behind New Zealand (63.33%) on a list headed by the Australians (72.22%) who won 13 of their 18 matches. Surprisingly, India played only 24 ODI matches winning 14 of them, with even England playing 25, meaning the focus was more on the T20 format as close to three months were taken up by this format for both the IPL and Champions League trophies.
The win-loss ratio did not stop India occupying the second place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings on 117 points, losing out to Australia only by a fraction of a point as they too are on 117. South Africa trail India by 5 points occupying the 3rd position.
Batsmen of the Year 2014 – India
The leading run scorer for India, as in the recent years, was Virat Kohli with 1054 runs at an astounding average of 58.55 as he scored 4 centuries and five 50s at an amazing strike rate of 99.62. This is the 4th consecutive year Kohli has got 1000 runs in a calendar year in the ODI format after missing it by just 5 runs in 2010 as well.
It is to nobody’s wonder that he occupies the 2nd position in the player rankings for ODI batsmen with 862 points, 25 shy of the table leader AB de Villiers. He was also second on the list of most hundreds scored in the year.
Another Double Hundred by Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma had scored a double hundred in the ODI format in 2013, only the third such player to do so. In 2014, he decided to rewrite history by becoming the first player to score 2 double hundreds in a ODI innings. He came back from injury and against a hapless bowling performance by the Sri Lankans, scored 264 runs in just 173 deliveries with the help of 33 boundaries and 9 towering sixes.
Shami heads the bowlers’ list
Mohammed Shami impressed everyone in the ODI format as he was the joint highest wicket taker in the world with 38 wickets alongside Mendis. Though his economy rate needs a lot of improvement (6.16), he continued to impress with a strike rate of 22.3, easily the best among all bowlers.
Highs and Lows
The high point for the team was the 5-0 whitewash of the Sri Lankan team, a series which was scheduled in short notice due to the pull out by the West Indian team.
The low point was the returning of the West Indian team half way through their visit without completing the ODI series and not staying back for the test series as planned. It was sad to see cricket suffer due to internal issues between the players and the management.
India head to the World Cup which will be played in Australia and New Zealand from February with confidence as their last assignment gave them a 5-0 victory against Lankans at home. Though the conditions would be completely different, India will have the opportunity to test their strength as they play ODIs in Australia after the current test series.
Cricket fans await the cricketing carnival which returns in 2015 and India go into the competition as the title defenders and with the current form, they could win it for the third time.