The decade is coming to an end. ODIs have lost some of its magic to T20Is, but it continues to be a format in demand. India, Australia and England were the World Cup winners in this decade. Ahead of the New Year, Cricwizz makes the best ODI XI of the decade (2010-2019).
He has rewritten record books since opening the innings in ODIs in 2013. He has not one, but three ODI double tons to his name. After reaching a ton at a strike rate of less than 100, Rohit accelerates at triple the speed.
He is on course to become a legend in limited-overs cricket and challenges Kohli for the throne of best limited-overs batsman currently.
Gayle is difficult to stop on his day. Just before the 2019 World Cup, he showed glimpses of his old talent in the ODI series against England. He is not a done force yet, although his international appearances have become fewer, with talks of retirement looming large.
But Gayle continues to destroy all bowling attack across the cricket world in the T20 format currently. In this decade, he made mincemeat of bowling attack in ODIs.
Kohli took to ODIs like fish to water. He is a master of chases in ODIs and has led India to numerous memorable wins with the bat in the second innings. He likes to dominate the bowling attack and has done so on numerous occasions.
It’s difficult to think of an ODI XI without Kohli. At No 3, he’s the ideal cricketer to carry forward the momentum or build an innings if either of the openers falls early.
AB de Villiers
He has retired but he is missed dearly by South Africa, especially in the last World Cup. Now, there are rumours that AB de Villiers may be brought in again for 2020 World T20. He was easily the best ODI batsman of the past decade.
He has a record of striking all his ODI tons at a strike rate of over 100. He holds the ODI record of fastest 50, 100 and 150. He is known for his big hits behind the wicket. He goes down on one knee and hoists the ball over the fine leg fence.
He is called the 360-degree cricketer for his unbelievable shot-making.
Eoin Morgan (Captain)
He is the latest World Cup-winning captain. He gets to captain this XI as he made England into world-beaters in just 4 years after they were ousted in the first round from the 2015 World Cup.
Morgan is also known for his big hits and taking the bowlers to task. He showed his big-hitting skills recently when he slammed 17 sixes during his knock of 148 against Afghanistan in 2019 World T20.
MS Dhoni (keeper)
No one can challenge Dhoni’s place in this XI as he conjures up magic behind the stumps every now and then. So high Dhoni’s impact has been as the keeper in limited-overs cricket that one mistake from Rishabh Pant makes fans ask for Dhoni to be called back.
Dhoni has been an excellent finisher in ODIs as well, playing some memorable knocks to take India past finish line. His 91* against Sri Lanka in 2011 World Cup final being the most memorable from his bat in this decade.
Stokes was a villain when he conceded four consecutive sixes in 2016 World T20 final against West Indies in the last over. But he redeemed himself by playing a title-winning knock of 84* in the 2019 World Cup final against England.
It was Stokes’ knock that tied the game before England luckily won the final thanks to illogical rules in relation to tied super over. Nevertheless, nothing can be taken from Stokes’ innings. Stokes has been the all-rounder of the decade in this XI.
Shakib Al Hasan
The Bangladesh all-rounder is a great competitor in limited-overs cricket. He can anchor the innings to perfection and even play the big shots with ease. His left-arm spin bowling is a great asset to the team.
He is a proven match-winner in the shorter format. He has had been notching consistent scores with the bat in ODIs after he was promoted to No 3, giving the platform for the others to build on. His left-arm spin bowling is quite handy too.
It’s a shame a player like Shakib has to serve a year ban for not reporting advances from bookies.
His enthusiasm in taking a wicket is unmatched. He gets sharp turn on his leg-spinners and foxes the batsmen with his googlies. He was the sole spinner fighting for South Africa in the ODIs in the past decade.
There were other competitors for the lone spinner’s spot in this XI, but Tahir won the battle for achieving success on unfriendly spin wickets of South Africa
Can there be a better pace bowler in the past decade? Malinga has been effective with the new ball, giving his team early breakthroughs. He has also come back in the attack to break partnerships. Malinga’s toe-crunching yorkers are difficult to get off. He took four wickets in 4 balls in an ODI in the past decade. He has now retired from ODIs to focus on T20Is.
The South Africa speedster has had the raw pace to dismantle any bowling attack on his day. He was intimidating to the opposition with his pace, line and length deliveries.
He was difficult to score runs off too. He could walk into any team with his express pace bowling. He had an early retirement, but not before dominating the decade with his pace bowling.