With Test cricket in the bag for 2017 we now know who ended as the stats leaders for the year of alternative facts.
While they say numbers don’t lie we certainly don’t think all the stats leaders are necessarily at the head of the game in all aspects.
Having said that here are your stats leaders in key areas in 2017.
Steve Smith ended the year deservedly on top of the Test batting rankings and in the middle of a most remarkable purple patch.
The unorthodox Aussie skipper slapped six hundreds in eleven Test matches but perhaps the most remarkable feat is that three of those hundreds came in India.
While it would be unfair to say that Smith has carried the Australian team his contributions with the bat have been key.
Steve Smith (AUS) 1305 runs at 76.76
Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) 1140 runs at 67.05
Dean Elgar (SA) 1128 runs at 53.71
Virat Kohli (IND) 1059 runs at 75.64
Dimuth Karunaratne 1031 runs at 39.65
Another Australian tops the charts here too with Nathan Lyon capturing 63 scalps in a bumper season for the off-spinner.
He bowled considerably more overs than number two Kagiso Rabada who took 57 wickets in 360 overs compared to the 548.2 bowled by Lyon for his tally.
Tellingly though he was fractionally ahead of India’s master off-spinner Ravi Ashwin who bowled 554 overs for his 56 scalps.
Lyon was central to Australia competing in India and played a huge role in the Ashes triumph over England.
Nathan Lyon (AUS) 63 wickets at 23.55
Kagiso Rabada (SA) 57 wickets at 20.28
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) 56 wickets at 27.58
James Anderson (ENG) 55 wickets at 17.58
Ravindra Jadeja (IND) 54 wickets at 23.05
Quinton de Kock may have done himself a mischief batting against Zimbabwe on Boxing day but his glovework earned him the top spot in terms of dismissals in 2017.
The Proteas dynamic wicketkeeper batsman took 45 catches behind the stumps as well as completing five stumpings.
He has contributed plenty of runs to the equation but De Kock’s ability with the gloves has never been in doubt.
The 25-year-old pulled off some stunning grabs throughout the year in what was barring a horror tour to England a successful Test year for South Africa.
Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella was the stumping king with nine in 2017.
- Quinton de Kock (SA) 50 dismissals in 12 Tests (45 caught, 5 stumped)
Jonny Bairstow (ENG) 37 dismissals in 11 Tests (35 caught, 2 stumped)
Wriddhiman Saha (IND) 37 dismissals in 11 Tests (34 caught, 3 stumped)
Shane Dowrich (WI) 34 dismissals in 10 Tests (32 caught, 2 stumped)
Niroshan Dickwella (SL) 30 dismissals in 11 Tests (21 caught, 9 Stumped)
England opener Alastair Cook’s timely 244 not out in the Boxing day Test saw him take the honour of the highest individual score in Test cricket this year.
Cook also has the joint second highest score with his 243 against the West Indies equal to the effort of Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka.
His 244 not out came at at time when his place in the team was in doubt and showed the character of a man frequently written off in his career to date.
Kohli enjoyed a year where going big was the order of the day notching an incredible three double tons in 2017.
Alastair Cook (ENG) 244* vs Australia in Melbourne
Virat Kohli (IND) 244 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi
Alastair Cook (ENG) 243 vs West Indies in Birmingham
Steve Smith 239 (AUS) vs England in Perth
Shakib-al-Hasan 217 (BAN) vs New Zealand in Wellington
Best bowling figures in an innings/match
Nathan Lyon’s demolition job of India in Bangalore stands as the best single innings effort from a bowler in 2017.
He took 8/50 in the first innings of the second Test against India but couldn’t prevent India from coming out on top in the contest.
Lyon also sports the best match analysis for a bowler in 2017 with his 13/154 against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath and Rabada were the only two bowlers to have claimed two ten wicket match hauls in 2017.
Top five (Innings)
Nathan Lyon (AUS) 8/50 vs India in Bengalaru
Neil Wagner (NZ) 7/39 vs West Indies in Wellington
James Anderson (ENG) 7/42 vs West Indies at Lord’s
Yasir Shah (PAK) 7/94 vs West Indies in Bridgetown
Nathan Lyon (AUS) 7/94 vs Bangladesh in Chittagong
Top five (Match)
Nathan Lyon (AUS) 13/154 vs Bangladesh in Chittagong
Steve O’Keefe (Aus) 12/70 vs India in Pune
Rangana Herath (SL) 11/136 vs Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
Rangana Herath (SL) 11/249 vs Zimbabwe in Colombo
Kagiso Rabada (SA) 10/63 vs Bangladesh in Bloemfontein