2019 is coming to an end. It has been a good year for Indian cricket, although there have been the missed chances that could have added another feather in India’s rich cricket history.
In terms of individual performances, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have stood out. And the two are running close to outrun each other in terms of aggregating most runs in international cricket across formats in this calendar year. No other player is a sniffing distance to outrun the two.
Cricwizz takes a look who, between Rohit and Kohli, will end up the highest run-getter across formats this calendar year.
First, there are a few factors that will determine who will have the last laugh in 2019.
ODI performances have dominated this year
As 2019 World Cup was held this year, the ODIs have dominated this year, while Tests and T20Is took a backseat. Rohit and Kohli were in terrific form in ODIs this year and they dominate the ODI charts currently.
They are the leading run-getters in ODIs this year.
Only a few players play all three formats
Out of the top five ODI performers this season, only Rohit and Virat are regulars in all three formats. And Rohit’s form against South Africa in the 3-0 Test series win has given him an edge over Kohli in terms of most runs this year.
Both Kohli and Rohit are close to 500-mark this year in the handful of Tests the two have played. Rohit has scored 529 runs @ 132.25 with 3 tons in 3 Tests this year. Kohli has made 476 runs @68 with 1 ton and 2 fifties in 6 Tests this year.
Focus on T20Is now
Now, the focus is on T20Is with two World T20s coming in the next two years. But neither any Indian player nor any other player from Test nation feature in the top 10 list of most runs in T20Is this year. Associate nation players have dominated T20Is this year as the qualifiers for World T20 were held this year.
But even then, Rohit is the third Test player in the list of most T20I runs this calendar year.
Rohit has scored 300 runs @ 30 with 3 fifties in 10 T20Is this year. Kohli has 283 runs @56.60 with 3 fifties in 7 T20Is this year.
The matches left this year
India have a packed schedule before the ends. India are left to play 2 Tests, 4 T20Is, 3 ODIs before the year ends.
Hence, Rohit and Kohli, who are likely to play all the matches before the year ends, will battle it out for the crown. No other player stands close to beat the two in the race.
The final score till now
Rohit is just marginally ahead of Kohli. There is a tight competition between the two to top the charts for the leading run-getter across formats this year. No other third player has crossed the 2000-run mark yet this calendar year.
So, who do you think will win this race?