No place for KL Rahul, Zaheer Khan in the India ODI XI of the decade
After the last match of 2019 against West Indies resulting in win, the decade 2010-19 ended on a positive note for India. The Cuttack ODI wasn’t just the last match of this year but also the last match of the decade. India had a successful run in the International Cricket achieving some amazing milestones. India won ICC ODI Cricket World Cup at the beginning of the decade and ended with a magnificent series against West Indies. In between, they became the World number 1 team in Tests, won champions trophy, won at foreign soils and lot more. We saw many youths who were struggling at the start of the decade becoming a superstar by the end of this decade. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two prime examples for it. Let’s look at India ODI XI of the decade.
- Rohit Sharma
I don’t think there should be any surprise seeing this name as the opener of the team. The highest ODI run-getter of 2019 played some unbelievable innings throughout the 2010s. What other greats can only imagine, he did it thrice- double hundreds in a 50-over game. He scored massive 264 against Sri Lanka, which was almost a team’s fighting score at the start of this decade.
- Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan, the partner of Rohit Sharma throughout the decade put some commendable performances. He is considered as the expert of ICC Tournaments. He played an important role for India in Champions Trophy 2013, and World Cup 2015. He has scored 5518 runs at an average of 44.50 so far.
- Virat Kohli
It is just a formality to even justify his place in this list with words. He is a sure shot even in All time World ODI XI. This guy has changed the dynamics of consistency and has scored more than 11,000 runs at an average of almost 60. His contributions in successful run-chases are enormous. Apart from being a run-machine, he is also a passionate, energetic, and athletic personality.
- Yuvraj Singh
This is the only place where India has struggled this decade but now, it seems that India has found Shreyas Iyer. You might be surprised to see Yuvi’s name but trust me no has done better than him at number 4. Yuvraj Singh played an important role in accomplishing the World Cup in 2011 at this number. Not just this, he has also contributed with the ball for the team.
- MS Dhoni (Captain and Wicket Keeper)
India has loved MS Dhoni like it has never loved any other sports personality other than the exceptional God of cricket. It doesn’t matter in which ground or which country he is playing, you will always find spectators cheering for this guy. The most successful captain in ODIs for India, MS Dhoni has finished a number of games for India. He single-handedly won games for India by playing some unbelievable innings.
- Suresh Raina
He is one of the most underrated cricketer of India. He too like MS Dhoni has finished matches by playing some crucial innings. He is one of the pioneers of athletic fielding in the Indian team. Who could forget his contribution in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 against Australia.
- Hardik Pandya
He came in the latter part of the decade but bowled us over with his six-hitting ability. He can clear ground with so ease against spinners as well as fast bowlers. Hardik is more than handy with the ball and has provided wickets at important times. Small cameos, brilliant fielding and amazing catching also help his cause in the list.
- Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandaran Ashwin is the leading wicket taker of this decade (all forms of cricket) worldwide topping against the likes of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Southee and Trent Boult. He might not be a force these days in limited overs but this decade, he has been a big asset for the team. With so many variations in his bowling, he was very lethal when it came to- taking wickets.
- Mohammad Shami
One of the best hard-hitting bowlers currently, Mohammad Shami has been a force to reckon with since his comeback in International Cricket. He has bagged 136 wickets in just 73 matches at an impressive average of 25. He is equally good with the old ball 9reverse swing) as the new ball.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Since his debut, Bhuvi has been letting batsman dance on the pitch with his swing. His ability to bowl knuckleballs, Yorkers, deceptive slower balls, inswingers and outswingers make him a dangerous bowler. He has also helped India with his batting skills on some occasions.
- Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah, the best bowler in the world across formats, has been the find for India this decade. Ability to hitting the blockhole consistently has made him very successful. Also, he has good pace and deceptive slower balls.
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