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ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Decade

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MS Dhoni with 2011 world cup
MS Dhoni with 2011 World Cup (Image Source: Twitter)

ICC has announced the Men’s ODI Team of the Decade. It was quite fitting that they chose former Indian captain, MS Dhoni. Dhoni relished great success leading the Men in Blues. Firstly winning the 2011 ICC World Cup followed by the 2013 Champions Trophy.

In this star-studded ICC line-up, India have the most number of representatives in the team with three. The openers in this line-up are Rohit Sharma and David Warner. Sharma’s records speak for himself as he has been the second-highest run-scorer of the past decade, having scored 8249 runs in just 180 matches.

Virat Kohli takes the number 3 spot as he had a paramount decade in ODI cricket. Kohli has scored a staggering 11,125 runs over the past decade. Apart from him, no other batsman came even close to scoring 10,000 runs. He tops the ODI rankings as well.

At number 4 we have Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers. Mr. 360 degree has the best average of all batsmen over the past decade of 64.20. He is followed by the Bangladeshi all-rounder and captain Shakib al Hassan. Shakib leads the men’s all-rounder rankings for ODIs.

After Dhoni who comes in at number 6, English all-rounder Ben Stokes comes in at number 7. Like Dhoni in 2011, Stokes was the hero for England in the 2019 World Cup Finals.

The bowling attack for the decade consists of 2 lethal left-arm fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult. The duo debuted in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Playing through the decade, Starc has 184 scalps while Boult claimed 164 scalps in their career so far.

The duo is then joined by Lasith Malinga who was the leading wicket-taker of the 2010s in ODI Cricket. Malinga claimed 248 wickets in the past decade, making him one of the admirable bowlers to ever play this format. South Africa’s Imran Tahir is the lone spinner in the side.

 

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