Over the period – Two kinds of players have impacted the game most. 1. Openers and 2. Finishers. Today, we are going to talk about the best finishers of the game. If you are more than just a fan of cricket and you love to analyze the game or follow it closely. Then you would agree that being a finisher is the toughest thing to do. Not everyone can do the job.
Let’s check out the best finishers of the game has ever seen in history.
1. Michael Bevan
Australian batsman Michael Bevan symbolized the future of one-day cricket in several respects. We’re looking back at a few of his strongest one-day innings that established him as probably the first of the new ‘finishers’ breed.
MichaelBevan’s ODI career started in 1994 versus Sri Lanka in Sharjah and lasted until February 2004, as his last match versus Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Bevan played in a period where the finisher was more reliant on running between the wickets and hitting. The fours rather than hitting the hammer and tongs in the final part of the innings to score. Bevan was adept at running between the game of wickets and finding occasional boundaries. The pitches were used to support spinners a lot, particularly in the Indian subcontinent.
Bevan was the only finisher having a 50+ average at that time. In the chasing situation, Bevan has 30 not-outs from 112 matches with a strike rate of 67.60, and we are talking about the early 2000s. In 2002, he was rated as the fifth-greatest ODI batsman and Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards, and Dean Jones.
2. MS Dhoni
One of the most prolific Indian captains, MS Dhoni, is the only skipper to capture all three ICC white-ball tournaments. The ICC ODI World Cup, the ICC T20 World Cup, and the ICC Champions Trophy.
As brilliant as a captain, MS Dhoni was also one of the best finishers ever seen in the game. His valiant bat innings saved his squad from danger on a variety of occasions.
The ability to score rapidly in high-pressure conditions and keep a calm mind, a trait that has also set him apart from all the other captains, is what makes Dhoni unique. In 2005, Dhoni started on the world cricket scene, scintillating 148 against Pakistan.
His first real finisher hit was West Indies, where he achieved a spectacular 28 out of 13 balls out of number 7. However, the best innings came in the 2011 World Cup final when he scored 91, not to lead India to a 28-year World Cup victory.
Dhoni has completed the chase by hitting SIX – 20 times in the cricket (including ODI, T20s, Champions trophy, etc.) He is the only batsman with an average of over 100 in the format of active run-chases (102.71).
In those matches, Dhoni stayed undefeated 47 times and has scored 2,876 runs in successful chases.
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3. Ab de Villiers
AB De Villiers is potentially the best finisher behind MS Dhoni. During the death of the game, his true batting ability peeps into action. This dynamic South African batsman has a fantastic potential to complete the match in a lucrative way.
He achieved the seventh quickest century in ODI cricket, 58 deliveries when he scored an undefeated 102 out of only 59 balls against India in Ahmedabad. He is regarded as a master athlete and holds the distinction for scoring the fastest fifty (16 balls), one hundred (31 balls), and the fastest one hundred and fifty (62 balls) in the ODIs. It’s commonly recognized as ‘MR.360’ for its fabulous batting form. In either position in the field, he can score.
When it comes to scoring massively at the end of the first half, Ab Devilliers is the Lord and can destroy any bowling assault. In the last few years, we have seen ample proof to support it.
However, if we speak of ending matches under intense strain, the outcomes are different. That’s an additional talent, and Dhoni is the guy you’d be back to win the last game.
Apart from these three great players, few famous names can be listed under finishers, such as Arvind de Silva, Mark Boucher, Abdul Razzak, Lance Klusener, Javed Miandad, Mike Hussey, and Viv Richards.
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