Virat Kohli named ICC ODI/Male cricketer of the decade

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As 2020 comes to an end, the International Cricket Council (ICC) have declared the winners of its prestigious ICC Awards of the Decade for the outstanding players of the last decade. The flamboyant skipper of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli has been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Decade and ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade. And India’s former World Cup winning captain, MS Dhoni, has been awarded the ICC Spirit of Cricket of the Decade.

On Monday, ICC stated in a release the winners of the awards and also published them on social media. Virat Kohli, who had scored 20,396 runs in all international cricket during the time period was adjudged as the winner for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade. The Indian run-machine was also awarded the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade.

MS Dhoni won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade, chosen by fans unanimously for his gesture of calling back former England batter Ian Bell following a disputable runout at Trent Bridge in 2011.

While Australia’s Steve Smith bagged the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade for scoring 7,040 runs in 69 Tests in the period at an average of 65.79 with 26 centuries, Afghan wizard, Rashid Khan took home the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade award, for taking 89 wickets at an average of just 12.62 apiece with an economy rate of 6.14 runs per over in 48 matches during the decade.

Here are the winners of the ICC Awards of the Decade:

  1. Virat Kohli wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade
  2. Ellyse Perry wins the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade
  3. Steve Smith is ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade
  4. Virat Kohli is ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade
  5. Ellyse Perry is ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade
  6. Rashid Khan is ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade
  7. Ellyse Perry is ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade
  8. Kyle Coetzer is ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade
  9. Kathryn Bryce is ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade
  10. MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade