As we reach the finals stage of this World Cup, we can’t help but talk about the significance of the Fab 4 for their teams in this tournament.
The rise of this elite club would date back to 2014, a year before the previous World Cup. The Fab 4 consists of names like Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
Put together; over 1700 runs have been scored by these 4 in this tournament alone. While Kohli and Williamson will bring back their age old rivalry since the Under-19 World Cu; England will take on Australia.
Here are some interesting stats and figures about the Fab 4 since 2014 and the present World Cup
Tag of the No.1 ranked ODI batsman at present belongs to this champion. The maestro from India is at his very best at present. With 442 runs, Kohli is the 9th highest run getter at present. This total consists of 5 consecutive 50+ scores but surprisingly no centuries.
Strength – Called as the master of chase, Kohli is at his best when a total is displayed ahead of him. King Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsman of this era and rightly so with his stats and records. His ability to stay at crease and keep the score ticking, without taking a risk is un-parred.
Weakness – Kohli has always had an issue with swing bowling and quick bouncers. But the factor that has been more troublesome in this tournament is his conversion rate. The World No.1 has been repeatedly seen thrown away his wicket cheaply, when his stay at the crease was required the most.
Smith is regarded as the best Test batsman out of the Fab 4. The right handed Australian is one of the most versatile batsman to play the game today. His ability to adapt to the situation and play according to the requirement of the game makes him a sensible batsman. Smith hasn’t been at his best in this tournament as the Sydney born has only amassed a total of 287 runs in this tournament, along with 3 half-centuries.
Strength – Can adapt to the situation and play an innings according to the need of the hour. Smith can hold his ground or attack at will, if required. The stand apart factor would be his ability to manipulate the field and finding the gaps.
Weakness – Smith is known for throwing away his wicket at times. At times, he shuffles down a little too much on the crease, which goes against him when the ball starts swinging. The New South Wales batman is also known for getting trapped LBW in front of the wicket quite often.
Root has been the poster boy for England ever since his debut. The Yorkshire batsman has been consistent for his side since the very beginning of his career. With a ranking of No. 7 in ODIs, Root has lived to his expectations in this World Cup. With 500 runs, Root is currently the 5th highest run getter in this tournament. The right-hander has also amassed 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries, so far. His steady innings against West Indies helped England clinch an easy victory.
Strength – Can hold on to an end and has the ability to play a long innings. Can counter swing and bounce well. Has the conviction to stand out when the team is in pressure.
Weakness – Throws his wicket away after crossing 50. While Root is known for his long gameplay; he fails to attack when required. His slow innings comes in handy to chase down comparatively smaller target.
With an ODI ranking of 8, Williamson is easily one of the best athletes to play the game today. Kane has been consistent with his performance and is easily one of the best batsmen in the today’s World. The Tauranga born has been the X-factor for his side in this World Cup. With 481 runs, the Kiwi skipper is currently the 6th highest run getter. He also has 2 centuries and one half century, all coming in a winning cause. His 100 against SA was an innings that will be remembered for a long time.
Strength – Can play along innings with a healthy strike-rate. Has the ability to adapt and play according to the situation. Is a match winner and plays with intent.
Weakness – Throws away his wicket at times. Williamson also is known for his very slow start, which at times goes against him when the score.