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India Vs England: Top 5 batsmen after 4 matches; Virat Kohli is the undisputed champion

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Team India and its charismatic skipper Virat Kohli have dominated a major part of the 5-Test series against England in the four matches played so far.

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Leading from the front, India's batting masterclass Virat Kohli has maintained his domination and left opposition benches clueless.

Kohli, who slammed personal best of 235 in the fourth Test against England at Mumbai, continues to be the leading run-getter of the tournament.

The right-handed batsman has been amassing runs at ease and looked almost unaffected by the opposition bowlers.

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The right-handed batsman has unequivocally emerged as the best batsman of 2016.
As a result of his Man-of-the-match performance at Wankhede Stadium, Indian captain Kohli has moved one place up, to the 2nd spot in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen.

With his batting prowess in the year 2016 Kohli has improved his batting average in Tests. The 28-year-old now averages 50+ across all three formats of the game.

Joe Root, who is hailed as another modern day batting legend, and India's Mr Dependable Cheteshwar Pujara are at second and third position respectively.

Here are the top 5 batsmen in the series after 4 matches:

1. Virat Kohli:

1. Virat Kohli:

The dashing Delhi batsman has scored 640 runs in 4 matches which is third highest, in a series, by any Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar. He remained unbeaten twice in the 7 innings he has batted.

The 28-year-old averages whopping 128.00 in the series with 235 his highest individual score in the series.

An incredible batting performance from the Indian skipper him to a career best at No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings. He has slammed 2 tons and 2 half centuries in the series so far.

2. Joe Root:

2. Joe Root:

The right-handed England batsman has scored 397 runs so far in the series. Root averages 49.62 in the series and has slammed a ton against India in the rubber. He has also slammed three fifties in the series.

He may not have performed as per the expectations but his gritty 70+ knock at Wankhede would inspire him to play a big knock at Chennai to end the year at a higher note.

3. Cheteshwar Pujara

3. Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara is the second highest scorer for India in the series after skipper Kohli and third overall. He has accumulated 385 runs in 4 Tests. The Rajkot batsman slammed a ton (124) in the opening Test against England in front of his home crowd.

Later at Vizag, the right-handed batsman slammed his second Test ton of the series.

Pujara averages 55.00 in the series and has been always in good nick against English bowlers.

4. Murali Vijay:

4. Murali Vijay:

The right-handed opening batsman from India made it to the top 5 after slamming second ton of the series.

The Tamil Nadu opener slammed brilliant 136 at Wankhede as India went on piling runs against England.

With 328 runs in 4 Tests, Vijay averages 46.85 in the series.

5. Ben Stokes:

5. Ben Stokes:

The aggressive England all-rounder started the series against India in great form. The New Zealand-born cricketer has contributed for his side in every department of the game.

With 316 runs in 4 Tests, he has become fifth highest run-getter in the ongoing series. Stokes averages 45.14 in the series with 128 his highest score.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 18:11 [IST]
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