ICC Awards of the Decade Roundup: Virat Kohli and Ellyse Perry dominate the awards!

ICC awards of the decade
International Cricket Council capped off this amazing decade by announcing the ICC awards of the decade, acknowledging the best cricketers from the decade gone by. For these awards, the performances taken into consideration were from 1 January 2011 to 7 October 2020. Indian captain and star batsman Virat Kohli took home two big awards in […]

International Cricket Council capped off this amazing decade by announcing the ICC awards of the decade, acknowledging the best cricketers from the decade gone by. For these awards, the performances taken into consideration were from 1 January 2011 to 7 October 2020. Indian captain and star batsman Virat Kohli took home two big awards in the men’s category and Australian superstar Ellyse Perry managed a clean sweep of awards in the women’s category at the ICC awards of the decade, which were announced virtually.  Here is a complete roundup of the awards.

Individual Awards

ICC ODI Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (IND)

Virat Kohli ODI cricketer of the decade

If you can pip players like AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Starc to win the best ODI cricketer of the decade at the 2020 ICC awards of the decade, you have to be really special. That is exactly what Virat Kohli is, a special and once in a generation player. With a batting average of close to 62 in the decade gone by, Kohli has amassed 10388 runs in 208 matches with 39 centuries. The numbers are just a small reflection of the kind of impact he has had on ODI cricket, which makes already makes him a legend of the game.

ICC Test Men’s Cricketer of the Year- Steve Smith (AUS)

Steve Smith Test cricketer of the decade

To think that the man dubbed to be the next “Shane Warne from Australia” would turn out to actually be one of the modern-day batting greats in Test cricket is would have been slightly unbelievable at the start of this decade. However, that is exactly what Steve Smith showed the world. With just over 7000 runs in 69 matches in the decade, he proved that his unorthodox batting style won’t be a roadblock in being successful and amazingly consistent at the highest level. With 26 centuries and 28 half-centuries and a mind-boggling average of 65.79, you get the idea of the kind of impact he leaves on the field every time he steps into bat. He thoroughly deserves this award at the 2020 ICC awards of the decade.

ICC T20I Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Rashid Khan (AFG)

Rashid Khan T20I Cricketer of the decade

With 89 wickets in 48 T20I matches and an economy rate of 6.14, Rashid Khan had one of the biggest impacts in T20I cricket in the last decade. The 22-year old Afghan leg-spinner has played international cricket for about 5 years, and has been part of the Afghanistan setup from a very young age. He has proved his mettle in different T20 leagues across the world, with almost every franchise wanting his 4 overs to be bowled for them. However, since it is an award for T20 international cricket, shouldn’t someone from the two-time T20 World Cup winning squad of West Indies have won this? Maybe a Chris Gayle or a Kieron Pollard?

Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade – Virat Kohli (IND)

Virat Kohli Cricketer of the decade

There is a reason why a lot of legends of the game consider Virat Kohli as the best batsman of all time, and that is his consistency across all formats. He is the only batsman out there who has an average of over 50 in all three formats and to do that over a period of 10 years is just out of this world. Kohli has scored more than 20000 runs in this decade and won the 2011 ICC World Cup, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and multiple bilateral series across the world along the way. He also led India to its first ever Test series victory in Australia, a commendable jewel in his crown. When it comes to answering the question about who has had the biggest impact on the sport over the last decade, the answer just has to be Virat Kohli. This is probably the one award that required the least effort by the voting panel to decide at the 2020 ICC awards of the decade.

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade, ODI Female Cricketer of the Decade and T20I Female Cricketer of the Decade award – Ellyse Perry (AUS)

Ellyse Perry Cricketer of the decade

Arguably the best woman all-rounder of all time, Ellyse Perry swept all the ICC awards of the decade. The fact that she has performed consistently across all three formats with both bat and ball over a period of 10 years is just mind-boggling to start with. Add to that the kind of impact she has had over the Australian team, she surely deserves to win all the three awards. And hey, do not forget that she has already won 6 ICC World Cups (1 ODI and 5 T20I) at the age of 30, all in the decade gone by. This is exactly why she deserves the clean sweep at the ICC awards of the decade. The impact she has had over the women’s game that should be lauded even more. Not just in Australia, Perry has inspired millions of girls around the world to take up the sport, simply because of her consistent all-round performances. You simply cannot keep her out of the game and who will not get inspired by that!

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade – MS Dhoni (IND)

MS Dhoni Spirit of Cricket

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni did something unheard of back in 2011, while India was playing against England at Trent Bridge. Ian Bell was given run out by the third umpire at the stroke of tea but everyone thought this was against the spirit of the game because it was a question of whether the ball had been called dead or not by the time the bails were dislodged. England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower went to the Indian dressing room to request the Indian team management to overturn the decision from their end, and to everyone’s surprise Dhoni obliged. He showed how to maintain the spirit of the game, something he has always stood by. It surely deserves to be the best such moment of the past decade and the winner of this category at the ICC awards of the decade.

ICC Teams of the Decade

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Decade

  1. Alastair Cook (ENG)
  2. David Warner (AUS)
  3. Kane Williamson (NZ)
  4. Virat Kohli (IND) (c)
  5. Steve Smith (AUS)
  6. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) (wk)
  7. Ben Stokes (IND)
  8. Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)
  9. Dale Steyn (SA)
  10. Stuart Broad (ENG)
  11. James Anderson (ENG)

The Test format of the sport saw a lot of changes like DRS, day-night matches, pink ball and more. This list has the perfect mix of some of the legends of the game like Cook, Sangakkara, Steyn, Broad and Anderson and future-legends like Kohli, Smith, Williamson, Warner, Ashwin and Stokes. Virat Kohli was named the captain of this side. The inclusion of Stokes as the all-rounder is slightly debatable with India’s Ravindra Jadeja having an impressive decade as well. Nonetheless, with more impactful and match-winning performances, Stokes deserves it a bit more. Every other inclusion in the team announced at the 2020 ICC awards of the decade is a no brainer to be fair.

ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Decade

  1. Rohit Sharma (IND)
  2. David Warner (AUS)
  3. Virat Kohli (IND)
  4. AB de Villiers (SA)
  5. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
  6. MS Dhoni (IND) (c) (wk)
  7. Ben Stokes (ENG)
  8. Mitchell Starc (AUS)
  9. Trent Boult (NZ)
  10. Imran Tahir (SA)
  11. Lasith Malinga (SL)

The ODI team of the decade announced at the ICC awards of the decade is a team that no team would want to play against. With 11 proven match-winners in this list, you can easily see the kind of impact that this team can have on the field. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma obviously find a place in this team, while MS Dhoni was chosen as the captain of the side, thanks to his unparalleled street-smart captaincy skills.

ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Decade

  1. Rohit Sharma (IND)
  2. Chris Gayle (WI)
  3. Aaron Finch (AUS)
  4. Virat Kohli (IND)
  5. AB de Villiers (SA)
  6. Glenn Maxwell (AUS)
  7. MS Dhoni (IND) (c) (wk)
  8. Kieron Pollard (WI)
  9. Rashid Khan (AFG)
  10. Jasprit Bumrah (IND)
  11. Lasith Malinga (SL)

Explosive hitters, impactful all-rounders and wicket-taking bowlers make up this line-up of the T20I team of the decade that was announced at the ICC awards of the decade. Here too, MS Dhoni was named the captain of the side, and he is joined in the team by the Indian trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. The exclusion of David Warner from this side is slightly debatable but with Finch performing really well in the recent times, he deserves a place. Another debatable inclusion is that of Maxwell, mainly because of his inconsistency and maybe the team could have used an extra bowler in his place.

ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade

  1. Alyssa Healy (AUS) (wk)
  2. Suzie Bates (NZ)
  3. Mithali Raj (IND)
  4. Meg Lanning (AUS) (c)
  5. Stafanie Taylor (WI)
  6. Sarah Taylor (ENG) (wk)
  7. Ellyse Perry (AUS)
  8. Dane van Niekerk (SA)
  9. Marizanne Kapp (SA)
  10. Jhulan Goswami (IND)
  11. Anisa Mohammad (WI)

The names in this list are some of the all-time greats of the game with the likes of Raj, Healy, Lanning, Perry, Taylor and Ghoswami being the big names. The multiple World Cup winning captain Meg Lanning was named the captain of this amazing side that can surely beat any team in the world.

ICC Women’s T20 Team of the Decade

  1. Alyssa Healy (AUS) (wk)
  2. Sophie Devine (NZ)
  3. Suzie Bates (NZ)
  4. Meg Lanning (AUS) (c)
  5. Harmanpreet Kaur (IND)
  6. Stafanie Taylor (WI)
  7. Deandra Dottin (WI)
  8. Ellyse Perry (AUS)
  9. Anya Shrubsole (ENG)
  10. Megan Schutt (AUS)
  11. Poonam Yadav (IND)

With Perry batting at number 8, this team is filled with batting superstars and the inclusion of Poonam Yadav brings the impactful wrist spin into the fore as well. This T20 team of the decade announced at the ICC awards of the decade is surely a well-balanced team with every inclusion being a justifiable one.  In this T20 team of the decade as well, Lanning is named the captain.

That completes the list of ICC awards of the decade that was announced recently by the ICC. With such notable performers delivering top-notch performances over the last decade, this surely has been a great decade for cricket. It has evolved like never before and with the sport spreading across the globe, the next decade holds a lot of promise for sure.

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