ICC names Indias Virat Kohli, Australias Ellyse Perry Cricketers of the Decade

Wednesday, 30 Dec, 2020

Following India is Australia, which has two players in the "ICC Men's ODI Team of the Decade".

Kohli, who was also named ODI player of the decade, lifted the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy with India, before inspiring their first Test series victory on Australian soil two years ago.

Kohli is also in the running for four awards - ICC male cricketer of the decade, men's Test cricketer, men's ODI cricketer and men's T20I cricketer of the decade. As a result, Rashid Khan has earned it for the T20I cricketer of the decade in men's category. At the same time, Australian superstar Steve Smith has been chosen as Test Player of the Decade.

He had the fifth-most Test runs in the voting period - behind Englishmen Joe Root and Alistair Cook, teammate David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli - but his average was far and away the highest of the contenders.

India skipper Virat Kohli has been named the ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade and the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Decade while Australia batsman Steve Smith bagged the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Decade award.

The International Cricket Council has announced several other awards on Monday, furthering its 2020 award.

Ellyse Perry
Source Cricket Addictor

And as I mentioned before, my only intention and mindset was to make winning contributions for the team and I just tried to do every game that I play.

The team comprised Rohit Sharma and West Indies batting legend Chris Gayle as the openers of the side while Australia captain Aaron Finch found a spot at number three.

For ODI Player of the Decade, Kohli, Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), de Villiers, Rohit Sharma (India), MS Dhoni (India), and Sangakkara have been nominated.

The bowling attack comprised of Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan and the master and apprentice duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Sri Lankan pace legend Lasith Malinga.

In the Women's T20I Team of the Decade, Indian players Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Yadav have been named by the ICC. She played a major role in Australia's domination of women's cricket in the last decade and most importantly, she was a key player in Australia's five World Cup-winning campaigns.