6. Sourav Ganguly (India) – 1,223 runs
2000 was the year when Sourav Ganguly was made the full-time skipper of Indian team. With his macho posturing as the new Indian captain and equally spectacular performances with the bat, by the end of the year, it felt like the furore that match-fixing had caused vanished and faith of the people in Indian team was restored. And why it wouldn’t? Indian team, full of youngsters played some excellent cricket. They not only defeated Australia in league phase but also reached the finals of ICC Knock Out Trophy in Kenya. Overall Ganguly amassed 1,579 ODI runs in 2000, out of which 1,223 runs came as a skipper at an average of 58.23 with five centuries and half-centuries each. From there on, there was no looking back for the Men in Blue as the golden period of Indian cricket dawned.