Cricketers who perform better in international cricket
Usually, we all have heard that most of the cricketers perform incredibly well in domestic cricket to stand any chance of getting selected for the national team. The opposition team is also easy to handle in domestic cricket than in international cricket. Most of the cricketers play a far higher number of cricket games for domestic sides than the national team. Meanwhile, it is very rare to come across players who have better records in international cricket than in domestic.
Here is a list of these rare exceptions:-
M. S. Dhoni: M. S. Dhoni is one of the modern-day great players. In a Test career that lasted over nine years, he became one of the world’s famous wicketkeeper-batsmen and provided India with a lower-middle order muscle that the team never enjoyed in the past. Dhoni has also been one of the pillars of the first-class teams. He has represented India over the years, but somehow his average in international cricket is higher than domestic cricket.
- In 131 first-class games, his average is 36.84.
- But in Test cricket, his average is 38.09.
James Faulkner: Faulkner’s strike rate varies hugely between domestic and international games Australian all-rounder James Faulkner started off as a bowler but went on to become a dangerous lower order batsman who could hit some of the best bowlers in the world out of the ground. He was an integral part of the limited-over’s setup of the national team.
- Although he has scored more runs, his ODI average of 34.40 trumps his domestic average of 30.25. In ODIs for the national team, Faulkner has hit 104.24.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli has a better batting average in international than domestic cricket. He stands above all his contemporaries. His fantastic records have already made him one of the all-time great players. People regularly compare him to Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Viv Richards coming his way.
- Kohli averages an outstanding 55.74 in ODI cricket, as opposed to 54.54 in List A cricket.
Steve Smith: Steve Smith is the current No. 1 batsman in the world of Test cricket. The Australian captain is one of the finest batsmen of all time. In Test cricket, he is the best player in the world, especially considering his record over the past two years. His outstanding run-scoring abilities as a Test player have surpassed his domestic cricket records.
- Smith averages 56.33, but in Test cricket, his average is 59.66.
Virender Sehwag: This unique and awesome batsman’s quality on this list should come as no surprise. Sehwag was one of the openers of Test cricket’s revolution, and his performances in ODIs were no less impressive. His averages in both Test and ODI matches are higher than his respective domestic averages.
- In Test cricket, he averaged 49.34, while the corresponding figure in first-class cricket was 47.36.
- In 251 ODIs, he recorded an average of 35.05, as opposed to his List an average of 34.44.
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