Living away from home is never easy. New surrounding, language, food, climate and people are few, certain things, which changes suddenly. And that’s a prevalent thing in any profession but in cricket its often, you tour different foreign nations. For cricketers, the biggest challenge is on the field; still the above-mentioned things also affect somewhat. Undoubtedly, the most difficult thing is to adjust yourself to different kind of pitches, which are tailor-made to suit the strengths of the hosts.
Batsmen have to quickly adapt to the pace and bounce of the deck, if they have to stand any chance of conquering it. These things greatly test their skills and give us a clear idea – how good they really are, in their art. But nothing can also beat the satisfaction of performing at the opponents den, in-front of their supporters – when the players, conditions, crowds and everything are stacked up against you.
Today, we have compiled an intriguing list of batsman who have topped the ODI batting charts in terms of away (home of opposition) runs. We have only included currently active players, who are yet to announce their retirement with exception of Kevin Pietersen. The English batsman might not have retired but after his big-time fall-out with ECB, his international career is as good as over. And neutral runs are also not considered.
Let’s take a look at Top 10 Current ODI Batsmen with Most Away Runs:
10. Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka): 2,269 runs
With 2,269 runs in 73 innings, Upul Tharanga occupies the 10th spot in our list. The Sri Lankan batsman holds an away average of 33 and has five centuries and 13 half-centuries against his name. The 31-year-old had became an integral part of the side after his prolific opening partnerships with Sanath Jayasuriya and then Tillakaratne Dilshan and often played perfect foil to these attacking Lankan batsmen. But his cricketing journey hit the rock-bottom after he was tested positive for banned drugs in 2011. After that, the left-hander did make a comeback but could never perform with consistency. These days, Tharanga plays in the middle-order if someone gets injured.