India captain Virat Kohli has been named in the Cricketers of the Decade list alongside four others by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac. Apart from Kohli, South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia’s Steve Smith and women’s all-rounder Ellyse Perry also found a place in the list of five cricketers of the decade.
The 31-year-old Indian was also named captain of the Wisden Test team of the decade, while also featuring in the ODI XI. “He is genius has been to rise, time and again, to the challenge. Between the end of the England tour in 2014 and the second Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata in November, Kohli averaged 63, with 21 hundreds and 13 fifties,” Wisden wrote.
Kohli, who has amassed 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last 10 years, has arguably been the best batsman over the last decade.
“It left him with a unique set of statistics – the only batsman to average at least 50 in all three international formats. Even Steve Smith was moved to remark recently that there is no one quite like him,” stated the magazine.
“In many ways, there isn’t. Since the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and the gradual waning of MS Dhoni, no cricketer in the world has operated under such daily pressure as Kohli.”
In the past decade Kohli has hoarded 7,202 runs in Tests including 27 hundreds, while in the shorter formats the Indian skipper has amassed 11,125 runs in ODIs and 2,633 runs in T20s.
Kohli, who averages more than 50 in all formats, has already amassed 70 international hundreds and is only behind Ricky Ponting (71) and Sachin Tendulkar (100). He is third in the list of leading run-scorers of all time with 21,444 runs, behind Ponting (27,483) and Tendulkar (34,357).
The recognition comes close on the heels of Cricket Australia naming the Team India skipper as the captain of its fantasy Test and ODI teams of the decade.
Kohli’s deputy in the national team, Rohit Sharma finds a place as an opener with Australian David Warner in Wisden’s ODI team of the year. Kohli comes in next in the team which also has Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the wicketkeeper.
Wisden ODI XI of the Decade: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. David Warner, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. Jose Buttler, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Shakib Al Hassan, 8. Lasith Malinga, 9. Mitchel Starc, 10. Trent Boult and 11. Dale Steyn.
R Ashwin is the only other Indian to find a place in the Wisden’s Test team of the Decade with Kohli as the skipper.
Wisden Test XI of the decade: 1. Alistair Cook, 2. David Warner, 3. Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Steve Smith, 5. Virat Kohli, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. AB de Villiers, 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Dale Steyn, 10. Kasigo Rabada, and 11. James Anderson.