Lot of Cricket got changed in this decade.Many times 300+ scored in 50 overs game.Cricket lovers got plenty of excitement in this decade.Let’s look at the ODI XI of the Decade
Some legends and talented players perform better in 2010s as compared to 2000s.Some stars shine after 2010 as well.
This decade witnessed some epic encounters,while some players were like one man army for their teams,who scored runs with consistently.
So,here is ODI XI of the decade
Hashim Amla and Rohit Sharma
Last decade Hashim Amla,was considered as a Test specialist,but in this decade he was seen as a most consistent opener.Hashim Amla was fastest to score 2000,3000,4000,5000,6000 and 7,000 ODI runs.
In the final stage of Amla,s career, there was a fall in his consistency.but still he was consistent enough before that and he is in ODI XI of the decade.
Amla scored 7265 runs in 159 matches at an average of 49.
No,doubt,he is the best opener of the decade.Rohit made many records to his name since his promotion at the top order.
At the start of the decade,Rohit was not consistent enough,where he failed to earn a call-up in ICC World Cup 2011’s squad.MS Dhoni promoted him at the top order.Then we saw another Rohit.
He scored three double tons in this decade with a highest individual score of 264.
Hitman was in form of his life in ICC World Cup 2019.He scored 5 tons in World Cup and 648 runs and was leading run-scorer as well.
Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers
Virat Kohli has been arguably the Best Batsman of this decade.Virat is ruling the Cricket with his bat in all the formats like been in other decades Sachin and Viv Richards ruled.
Kohli is the most consistent batsman World has ever seen after Bradman.Kohli is the ultimate match winner for his team and he is brilliant Captain as well.
Virat scored 11,125 runs in this decade with 42 tons.
AB De Villiers will surely go down as one of the most impressive performers in this decade. AB De is among the foreign players who has lot fan following all over the World with almost no haters.
South Africa’s Mr.360 made batting look so easy and simple.ABD scored 6485 runs with 21 hundreds at an average of 64.All hundreds were scored at a strike rate of 100+.
AB De scored fastest 50,100 and 150 in 2015 against West Indies.In other words,he was South Africa’s Mr.Dependable.
All – Rounders
Shakib Al Hasan and Ben Stokes
Shakib Al Hasan is the best all-rounder of this decade and all-time best Cricketer of Bangladesh.Shakib Al Hasan always come ahead for team in both the departments.
He has shown his class in World Cup this year where he became the first player to score more than 600 runs and took 15 wickets in a single edition.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 4276 runs and took 177 wickets.
Cricket World has got all-rounders like Jacques Kallis,Kapil Dev,Imran Khan etc. who were equal both with the ball and bat.
Today undoubtedly,Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder in the World.He is the England’s most dependable Batsman as well after Joe Root.
Stokes is a sensible batsman who knows very well how to play in different situations.
Ben Stokes is the man who won World Cup for England. Stokes’ influential knock in the World Cup final kept England in the hunt for the Title.
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Ben Stokes 2682 runs and took 70 wickets.His Bowling and fielding are bonus too.
It would be not wrong if we say,”Best of Stokes is yet to Come”.
Wicket – Keeper
His captaincy and wicket-keeping can secure his spot in any World XI of this decade.India won ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013 under his Captaincy.
His keeping behind the wickets especially against the spinners is lightning quick and he is still one of the smartest brains in cricket.
Mitchell Starc,Lasith Malinga,Trent Boult and Imran Tahir
Australia’s spearhead in bowling.One of the most dangerous bowlers today in World Cricket.
Mitchell Starc was the highest wicket – taker in both the ICC World Cups(2015 and 2019).
Starc is deadly bowler and is a perfect choice for the ODI XI of the Decade.Mitchell Starc has 172 wickets in 85 ODIs.
Lasith Malinga is grown old nowadays and is not effective as he used to be four years earlier,but still the Sri Lanka’s best bowler.
Lasith Malinga is the highest Wicket- taker in this decade having 248 sclaps to his name.
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Malinga,s experience is a huge boost for ODI XI of the Decade team.
Trent Boult,the left arm pacer is spearhead for Blackcaps bowling attack.Boult is one of the most consistent performer in the kiwis side.
New Zealand Cricket Team has the ability to defend low totals,one of the reason is Trent Boult who took wickets at the start.
Trent Boult has 164 wickets in 82 innings.His fielding is a big positive as well.
In this decade wrist-spinners were very effective as compared to off-spinners.
Imran Tahir was a weapon for South Africa who was hidden by Graeme Smith for ICC World Cup 2011.
Tahir was very important player for South Africa who broke the big partnerships many.He got 173 wickets in 107 ODIS.