New Zealand opening batsman has accumulated 658 runs at a stellar average of 59.81. In the recent series against Sri Lanka, he scored an unbeaten 264, which is the highest score for an opener carrying his bat in Test cricket.
Sri Lanka haven’t enjoyed a lot of success in 2018 but their opening batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne, has had fair amount of success in 2018. In nine games, he has 743 runs under his belt. His most impressive performance came against South Africa at Galle, where he scored an unbeaten 158 as Sri Lanka had knocked over South Africa by 278 runs.
Williamson’s class came to the fore when his side were struggling against Pakistan in the second innings of the third Test at Abu Dhabi. He alongside Henry Nicholls shared a 212-run stand to pull New Zealand out of a crisis situation. That partnership was crucial to his side’s success as New Zealand inflicted a massive 123-run win over Pakistan.
Indian skipper had a stellar 2018. He scored heavily in South Africa at the start of the year and then proved himself in England which was the only place where he had not enjoyed a lot of success. That run of form extended to Australia where he has continued to dominate.
Establishing himself in the middle order, Henry Nicholls showed impressive skills of batsmanship against Pakistan on turning wickets. His crucial century in the second innings of the final Test at Abu Dhabi was critical in setting up 280-run target which proved a lot for Pakistan batsmen. Nicholls also scored a superb unbeaten 162 against Sri Lanka which crucial in imposing a massive 423-run defeat over the opposition.
Buttler was selected in Test cricket on the basis of an impressive run in white ball cricket. His selection proved to be a masterpiece, as he topped the batting charts in 2018. He showed his team the way of tackling Mohammad Abbas when the Pakistan seamer had caused a few problems to his colleagues.
Jason Holder had a fruitful year, both with the bat and ball. He has 33 wickets in six games at an average of 12.39. His contributions at the lower order were also beneficial as he churned out 336 runs at an average of 37.33
With 52 wickets in the calendar year, Rabada has had a fantastic time with the ball. Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the controversial series against Australia and extended this run against Sri Lanka as well.
Bumrah made an impact in Test cricket straightaway after making his debut against South Africa earlier this year. He can deliver rockets from a very short run up and he bowls that challenging length which makes him hard to face. Recently, he picked up nine wickets on a relatively flat deck at the MCG.
Abbas produced one of the stellar performances of 2018 when he snared 17 wickets against Australia on slow decks of the UAE. Abbas mostly continued to attack the stumps, challenging the forward defence of the batsmen all the time. In 2018, he has 38 wickets an average of 13.76.
Yasir’s best performance came against New Zealand, when he bagged 29 wickets in the three-match Test series. New Zealand were undone by the drift and turn he produced but even a performance of this kind couldn’t save Pakistan from a series defeat.