Stats Wizard: Top 3 Knocks in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century, the main highlight as we find the top 3 knocks in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019
The 18th edition of India’s premier 50-over domestic competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy (VHT) 2019 witnessed the 3-time champions, Karnataka outclassing their South-Indian rivals, Tamil Nadu by 60 runs (VJD Method) in the summit clash.
At the start of the season, VHT 2019 promised a galore of runs because of the bundle of batting talent that existed in most teams. Senior pros like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, etc. along with great young promising talents were in line to showcase their skills in the competition.
The tournament did not disappoint as fans witnessed many superlative batting performances taking centre stage, and setting the competition on fire. While the 19-year-old, Devdutt Padikkal emerged as the tournament’s highest scorer, Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund was the only other player to breach the 600-run mark in the competition.
VHT 2019 also played host to a few breathtaking knocks that added interest, and extensive coverage to the tournament. In fact, it would have been difficult to imagine this edition without these brilliant knocks.
On that note, we have listed down the Top 3 knocks from Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019, all of which can go down as one of the best in India’s domestic cricket history.
As always, we have analyzed the top batting knocks on the basis of the batting points calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, acceleration bonus, relative strike rate and runs bonus, number of fours, number of sixes, number of good knocks, match-winning knock points, and the player of the match points.
To leave out the biases and perceptions, we have kept things simple by comparing the overall batting points of all the knocks to find out the Top 3 knocks from Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019
#3: Vishnu Vinod’s 139(89) vs Andra Pradesh
Score: 139(89) | 4s: 13 | 6s: 9
Strike Rate: 156.17 | Batting Points: 303.3
With the IPL 2020 Auctions around the corner, Vishnu Vinod has certainly made a statement with his performances in VHT 2019. Apart from his abilities as a destructive opener, Vishnu is a fine wicket-keeper too.
The Kerala batsman was particularly impressive in the game against Andhra Pradesh. Chasing a tricky total of 231, Kerala started their innings on a bad note. Experienced batsmen, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson were back in the hut before the team could even score their second run.
A slow and patient innings was the need of the hour for the Kerala Team. However, Vishnu surprised everyone with his counter-attacking style of play. The 25-year-old took on every Andhra bowler as he raced to three-figures in a quick time. Vishnu hit 13 boundaries and 9 sixes as his 139-run knock helped his team achieve the target with 10 overs in hand.
Although there were better scores in the competition, Vishnu’s resilience and solid technique have made his knock occupy the third spot in this list with a total of 303.3 batting points.
#2: Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 203(154) vs Jharkhand
Score: 203(154) | 4s: 17 | 6s: 12
Strike Rate: 131.81 | Batting Points: 359.4
Mumbai Cricket Association never fails to find teenage prodigies on a consistent basis. It was Prithvi Shaw a few seasons ago, and it is Yashasvi Jaiswal this season.
Coming from a humble background, the 17-year-old Yashasvi’s journey to the Mumbai team is inspiring. Earlier to his stint in VHT 2019, Yashasvi had also made a splash with the India U-19 Team.
Coming to the knock, the teenager was multi-dimensional with his approach in this innings. Aditya Tare had taken the responsibility to be steady at one end, hence Yashasvi was given the license to play with freedom.
The player started the innings high on confidence. While running between the wickets was his priority, Yashasvi was also merciless in dispatching the loose deliveries. All his calculated risks paid off as he was able to smash 17 fours and 12 sixes in his knock; the most in innings in VHT 2019.
In the end, Yashasvi became the second double-centurion of this edition, and the first teenager to achieve this feat. He gets a total of 359.4 batting points for his knock.
#1: Sanju Samson’s 212*(129) vs Goa
Score: 212*(129) | 4s: 21 | 6s: 10
Strike Rate: 164.3 | Batting Points: 414.9
Sanju Samson came into this edition with a lot of hopes. Rishabh Pant’s patchy form, a good outing with India A and MS Dhoni’s fast approaching retirement all helped Samson make a case for himself.
Sanju did no bad to his reputation as he was brilliant throughout the tournament, especially in the game against Goa. Coming in at No.3, the Kerala batsman struck a magnificent double-century, the second in the history of the competition, and the first of this edition.
Sanju’s innate skills came to the forefront when he braced the tricky match situation with ease. With Kerala reeling in at 31-2, Sachin Baby and him constructed a fluid partnership to take the score to 377-3. The knock included 21 boundaries and 10 sixes as the Goan bowlers were dispatched all over the park in the game.
Although Sanju Samson’s knock is ranked number 1 with a total of 414.9 batting points, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s young age and maturity to hit a double-century make his knock our favorite of all.
So, these are the top 3 knocks in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019. Apart from these, Shivam Dube’s 118(67) was the most aggressive knock of the tournament with a total of 258.3 batting points.
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