Cricket Australia team of the decade: Cricket Australia have included as many as three Indian players in their ODI XI of the decade.
Much like Australian sports channel Fox Sports putting forward their Test team of the decade yesterday, Cricket Australia have come up with their ODI team of the decade.
The detailed reasoning behind their selection has made them also announce 11 players who nearly missed out on selection for the respective positions.
The ODI XI of the decade comprises of three Indian, two South African, one Bangaldeshi, one English, one Afghani, one Australian, one Kiwi and one Sri Lankan player.
Most ODI runs in this decade:
11125 – Virat Kohli (ave 60.79)
8249 – Rohit Sharma (53.56)
7265 – Hashim Amla (49.76)
6485 – AB de Villiers (64.20)
6428 – Ross Taylor (54.01)
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 22, 2019
The honourable mentions, which includes players who have missed out on selection by a small difference, has three Australian, two Indian, one Sri Lankan, one Kiwi, one English, one Bangladeshi, one Pakistani and a South African player.
Cricket Australia team of the decade
Rohit Sharma, who is arguably the best white-ball opening batsman at the moment, has been named the opener of the ODI XI of the decade.
Just like Sharma, his national captain Virat Kohli has also found a place and rightly so. The pair of Sharma and Kohli have dominated opposition bowlers across conditions in this decade and one can’t really imagine an ODI XI (for the decade 2010-2019) without their presence.
Former South Africa opening batsman Hashim Amla, who announcement retirement in August, is also present in the team as an opening batsman. Much like Amla, his retired South African teammate AB de Villiers has also been awarded a spot despite him last playing an ODI for nearly two years.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan seems to be an apt No. 5 in this team. The inclusion of English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler as a specialist batsman at No. 6 has come as a thought-provoking move. Veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named as the captain of the team.
Afghani spinner Rashid Khan, who has risen up the ranks at a staggering pace, is the lone spinner in the squad and is joined by the pace trio of Australia’s Mitchell Starc, New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga.
Cricket Australia team of the decade – 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Hashim Amla 3) Virat Kohli 4) AB de Villiers 5) Shakib Al Hasan 6) Jos Buttler 7) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk) 8) Rashid Khan 9) Mitchell Starc 10) Trent Boult 11) Lasith Malinga
Honourable mentions – 1) David Warner 2) Shikhar Dhawan 3) Kumar Sangakkara 4) Ross Taylor 5) Eoin Morgan 6) Glenn Maxwell 7) Mushfiqur Rahim 8) Saeed Ajmal 9) Mitchell Johnson 10) Dale Steyn 11) Jasprit Bumrah