Who is the best finisher in the world among active players?

Updated on: Sep 7, 2022 9:09 am IST

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    In modern-day cricket, the ‘finisher’ has gained a massive reputation. Being a ‘finisher’ is not everyone’s cup of tea and of course, soaking up the pressure, staying calm when needed and taking on the bowlers during the death overs are not for everyone. Having said that, we certainly have seen some players who owned the role of ‘finisher’. They were absolute game-changers and had pulled off miracles from nowhere.

    The legends like MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers consistently helped their teams to cross the line by making the most in the end overs. After their retirement, only a few players are capable of replicating what these legends have done. The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell might not be at the level of these legends at the moment but is certainly one of the active players who have taken the game away from the opponent on multiple occasions.

    Best finisher in the World

    The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been a consistent performer in white-ball cricket, especially, in the T20I format over the years. By looking at his record, one can say that he loves chasing. In the list of middle-order batters (players who bat at no.4 to 7) who have featured in more than 25 T20I innings while chasing, Glenn Maxwell’s record clearly stands out.

    He is one of the two active players to have scored more than 1000 runs while chasing and 807 runs out of his 1123 runs came in a successful chase. Maxwell enjoys an average of 47.47 while striking at 149.72 in successful chases in T20Is. Amongst the active players, Shoaib Malik stands second with 669 runs with a 60.81 average in winning chases.

    Middle-order batters in a successful chase in T20Is:

    (Among currently active middle order batters who have batted in 25 or more successful run chases in T20Is)

    Players Innings Runs Strike Rate Average 100s 50s
    Glenn Maxwell 26 807 149.72 47.47 2 3
    Shoaib Malik 29 669 112.62 60.81 0 4

    *All the stats are taken from Cricinfo Statsguru. 

    Glenn Maxwell might not have played a lot of ODIs over the years, but he certainly has done well when it comes to successful run chases. The Australian all-rounder has helped his country to cross the line 25 times while chasing. He averages 49.31 while striking at 120.82 for his 789 runs in successful run-chases. The second on the list is the current England white-ball captain Jos Buttler. The wicket-keeper batter has notched up 752 runs wtih an average of 62.66 while striking at 114.63.

    Middle-order batters in a successful chase in ODIs:

    (Among currently active middle-order batters who have batted in 25 or more successful run chases in ODIs)

    Players Innings Runs Strike Rate Average 100s 50s
    Glenn Maxwell 25 789 149.72 49.31 1 5
    Jos Buttler 25 752 112.62 62.66 1 5

    *All the stats are taken from Cricinfo Statsguru.  

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