With the decade of the 2010s coming to an end, the time is to retrospect and realize the wonders that this decade brought upon us.
With this intention, cricket.com.au, affiliated to Cricket Australia, came up with its list of the best one-day international and test players of the 2010s and came up with a list of the best XI for this past decade.
Virat Kohli from India and AB de Villiers from South Africa were the only two cricketers who had the unique distinction of being included in both the lists, for ODIs as well as tests.
ODI XI of the decade
Quite a few predictable names came up in this list with three Indians finding their names – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and M. S Dhoni, who was also named the captain. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers from South Africa also featured in the list.
Here is a list of the ODI XI of the decade:
- Rohit Sharma (India)
- Hashim Amla (South Africa)
- Virat Kohli (India)
- AB de Villiers (South Africa)
- Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
- Jos Butler (England)
- M.S Dhoni (India) – captain and wicketkeeper
- Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
- Mitchell Starc (Australia)
- Trent Boult (New Zealand)
- Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
Test XI of the decade:
In the dream team of the decade for test cricket, cricketers from Australia and England dominated. Three Australians – David Warner, Nathan Lyon, and Steve Smith – and three Englishmen – Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, and Stuart Broad – made it to the list. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli from India was named captain of the team.
Here is a list of the Test XI of the decade:
- Alastair Cook (England)
- David Warner (Australia)
- Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
- Steve Smith (Australia)
- Virat Kohli (India) – captain
- AB de Villiers (South Africa) – wicketkeeper
- Ben Stokes (England)
- Dale Steyn (South Africa)
- Stuart Broad (England)
- Nathan Lyon (Australia)
- Jimmy Anderson (England)
Wow! Aren’t these just stellar compilations of the cricketing greats of this decade? Whom would you have liked to see in these lists? Do let us know in the comments section below.