“Gone are the days” is the title of a popular western movie that perhaps has little or no relationship to cricket except for reflecting on the “badass” Windies team in the days of old when they were king and ruled the cricketing world.
In the typical Jamaican speak or vernacular, one would say, “look wah wi come to” — an announcement of an ODI XI of the decade without one Windies player.
Cricket Australia (CA) noted that batting performances in One-Day Internationals superseded one’s expectations with several individual batters going beyond the 200-run mark.
The national board, on further analysis has also chosen the following players as their best ODI players of this decade, along with the best ODI XI.
Rohit Gurunath Sharma — 28 centuries and 39 half-centuries, a total of 8249 runs with an outstanding average of 53.66 and a strike-rate of 90.63. The only player to hit three double tons in the 50-over format.
Virat Kohli — dubbed the “run machine,” amassing 11125 runs, an average of 60.79, and a strike-rate of 90 plus, together with 42 tons and 52 half-centuries.
AB de Villiers — the South African has scored more than 6000 One-day runs with an average of 64.20 and a strike-rate of 109.76. He has scored 21 centuries as well as 33 fifties.
Shakib-Al-Hasan — Bangladesh’s all-rounder has played 131 ODIs since 2010 and took 177 wickets along with scoring 4000 plus runs.
Jos Buttler — scored more than 3800 runs, nine triple figures, and 20 fifties together with the highest strike-rate of 119.83.
MS Dhoni — India’s leader and wicketkeeper, he averages more than 50 in this decade.
Hashim Mahomed Amla — the opening South African batter has reached 2000 to 7000 runs in fewer games than anyone in the ODI history. In 159 matches, he scored 7265 runs with 26 hundreds and 33 fifties.
Among the bowlers, CA named Australia’s Mitchell Starc, New Zealand’s Trent Boult, and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as their main pace attack, with Afghanistan’s sensation Rashid Khan holding the only specialist spinner post.
CA justifies the bowlers’ place thus — “in 85 appearances, Starc claimed 172 wickets with 6/28 being his best bowling performance. Boult, on the other hand, has taken 164 wickets in 89 ODIs. Malinga leads the bowling unit by hunting 248 batsmen in 162 games. The spinner Rashid, meanwhile, claimed 133 ODI wickets since 2010.”
Whether one agrees with CA final ODI XI for the decade is debatable, but here you have it:
Rohit Sharma, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni (c), Mitchell Starc, Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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