7. Joe Root (England)
Joe “Consistent” Root had another excellent year in ODIs as he managed 796 runs in 14 ODIs at an average of 61 with 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries to his credit. Root ended the year with second most runs in the calendar year across formats. The Yorkshire-born lad had a superb series in South Africa where he went on to score 351 runs in 5 games and had centuries at Centurion and Johannesburg. In home summer, there was a point of time when the jubilant right-hander hammered five consecutive half-centuries. But much like Tests here as well, his conversion rate was deplorable. For a batsman as good as Root, poor conversion rate is seemingly the only chink in his armory.