2017 is about to end and we have seen some great cricketing action over the past year. New stars have emerged while some of the older ones have returned to stamp their authority. It has truly been an exciting year for all cricket fans.
Cricket today is truly a batsman’s game and everything seems to be loaded in their favour. The batsmen did have a wonderful time in ODIs in 2017 with two of them plundering over a 1000 runs in the calendar year. With only a handful of matches left in the year, it would not be a bad time to find out the top run-getters. Who are the top 5 run scorers of this calendar year? Are there any surprises on the list? Let’s find out!
Here is the list of the five highest run scorers in this calendar year:
5. Upul Tharanga
The stylish left-hander from Sri Lanka made a comeback and cemented his place in Sri Lanka’s ODI set up this year. He was made the captain for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, a position that he retained after the then regular skipper Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the 2017 series against South Africa.
He has scored 916 runs in the calendar year till now at an average of 45.80, including five fifties and two hundreds. He became the first batsman for Sri Lanka, and the first captain overall, to carry his bat in an ODI after he scored an unbeaten 112 against Pakistan, albeit in a losing cause.
After a successful return to the Sri Lankan team, Tharanga would be hoping for an even better 2018.