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The ICC Awards of the Decade winners announced

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  • Virat Kohli wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade
  • Ellyse Perry wins the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade
  • Steve Smith is ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade
  • Virat Kohli is ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade
  • Ellyse Perry is ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade
  • Rashid Khan is ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade
  • Ellyse Perry is ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade
  • Kyle Coetzer is ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade
  • Kathryn Bryce is ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade
  • MS Dhoni wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade

Virat Kohli, who had scored 20,396 runs in all international cricket during the time period, which is more than anyone else, was also part of team India that won the ICC CWC 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He was also named ICC Cricketer of the Year in both 2017 and 2018, so it was no surprise that he emerged as the clear jury favourite with winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade. All-rounder, Ellyse Perry was a clear favourite in the Female Cricketer of the Decade category and won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award, as she had scored 4,349 runs with four centuries and took 213 wickets in all international cricket during the decade – which was also the most wickets taken by any player. Perry was also part of the Australian team that won ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2013 and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020 and also won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for leading Women’s Cricketer in 2017 and 2019. She also went on to win the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade as well as the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade.

Kohli was also awarded the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade, whilst 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. He was also named the ICC Player of the Year in 2015 and ICC Test Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017. In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, his points tally was of 947 at the end of 2017 which is the second-highest in the history of the ICC Test batting rankings history.

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. These are more wickets than anyone else despite starting in 2015. He went on to become the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls in T20I cricket when he performed the feat against Ireland at Dehradun in 2019. He is also the fastest bowler to reach 50 wickets in T20I cricket in terms of time, taking just 2 years 20 days to reach the landmark.

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. 

The ICC Awards of The Decade that recognise the best players across Cricket over the past 10 years, invited fans to vote for the first time by selecting the winners across categories including the Sir Garfield Sobers and Rachael Heyhoe Flint Awards, which celebrate the best overall player from the men’s and women’s game over the past decade. Fans provided 100% of the vote for the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade, from a list of the past winners since 2011. More than 1.5 million fans from across the globe participated casting 5.3 million votes.

The nominees for each of the categories had been determined by the Awards Nominations Committee according to on-field performances and overall achievements for at least five years during the period.

The list includes journalists, statisticians, analysts and former cricketers, and broadcasters from all across the globe such as: Alan Wilkins, Alison Mitchell, Athar Ali Khan, Azad Majumder, Benedict Bermange, Dan Brettig, Danny Morrison, Daren Ganga, Emal Pasarly, Ian Bishop, Ian Callender, Ian Smith, Isobel Joyce, Julian Guyer, Lawrence Booth, Lesley Murdoch, Lisa Sthalekar, Mark Geenty, Mehluli Sibanda, Mohammad Isam, Natalie Germanos, Neeru Bhatia, Neil Manthorp, Paul Radley, Peter Della Penna, Peter Lalor, Ramiz Raja, Rex Clementine, Rizwan Ali, Russel Arnold, Saadi Thawfeeq, Sambit Bal, Shahid Hashmi, Sharda Ugra, Shaun Pollock, Stephon Nicholas, Tim Cutler and VVS Laxman. Furthermore, Anjum Chopra, Snehal Pradhan and Isabelle Westbury voted for individual categories but did not vote for any of the ICC Teams of the Decade categories.

The nominees for each of the categories were determined by the Awards Nominations Committee according to on-field performances and overall achievements for at least five years during the period.

The complete list of nominees for the ICC Awards of the Decade were as follows:

Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in men’s international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) during the performance period –

  • R Ashwin (India)
  • Virat Kohli (India) – Winner
  • Joe Root (England)
  • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
  • Steve Smith (Australia)
  • AB de Villiers (South Africa)
  • Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade –The best overall performer in women’s international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) during the performance period.

  • Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
  • Meg Lanning (Australia)
  • Ellyse Perry (Australia) – Winner
  • Mithali Raj (India)
  • Sarah Taylor (England)
  • Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in men’s Test cricket during the performance period

  • James Anderson (England)
  • Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)
  • Virat Kohli (India)
  • Joe Root (England)
  • Yasir Shah (Pakistan)
  • Steve Smith (Australia) – Winner
  • Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in men’s ODI cricket during the performance period

  • MS Dhoni (India)
  • Virat Kohli (India) – Winner
  • Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
  • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
  • Rohit Sharma (India)
  • Mitchell Starc (Australia)
  • AB de Villiers (South Africa)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in women’s ODI cricket during the performance period

  • Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
  • Jhulan Goswami (India)
  • Meg Lanning (Australia)
  • Ellyse Perry (Australia) – Winner
  • Mithali Raj (India)
  • Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)

ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in men’s T20I cricket during the performance period

  • Aaron Finch (Australia)
  • Chris Gayle (West Indies)
  • Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) – Winner
  • Virat Kohli (India)
  • Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
  • Rohit Sharma (India)
  • Imran Tahir (South Africa)

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in women’s T20I cricket during the performance period

  • Sophie Devine (New Zealand)
  • Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
  • Alyssa Healy (Australia)
  • Meg Lanning (Australia)
  • Ellyse Perry (Australia) – Winner
  • Anya Shrubsole (England)

ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in men’s Associate cricket during the performance period

  • Richie Berrington (Scotland)
  • Peter Borren (Netherlands)
  • Kyle Coetzer (Scotland) – Winner
  • Paras Khadka (Nepal)
  • Calum MacLeod (Scotland)
  • Assad Vala (PNG)

ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade – The best overall performer in women’s Associate cricket during the performance period

  • Kathryn Bryce (Scotland) – Winner
  • Sarah Bryce (Scotland)
  • Natthakan Chantham (Thailand)
  • Sterre Kalis (Netherlands)
  • Chanida Sutthiruang (Thailand)
  • Sornnorin Tippoch (Thailand)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade – An action, moment, gesture, or decision on the field of play in international cricket during the performance period which best reflects the Spirit of Cricket.

  • 2011 Winner – MS Dhoni (India) – Winner
  • 2012 Winner – Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
  • 2013 Winner – Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
  • 2014 Winner – Katherine Brunt (England)
  • 2015 Winner – Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
  • 2016 Winner – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
  • 2017 Winner – Anya Shrubsole (England)
  • 2018 Winner – Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
  • 2019 Winner – Virat Kohli (India)

Teams of the Decade (TOTD) compiled by the Voting Academy of journalists and broadcasters for the following five formats are:

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Decade
1Alastair Cook 
2David Warner 
3Kane Williamson 
4Virat KohliCaptain
5Steve Smith 
6Kumar SangakkaraWicketkeeper
7Ben Stokes 
8R Ashwin 
9Dale Steyn 
10Stuart Broad 
11James Anderson 
ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Decade
1Rohit Sharma  
2David Warner  
3Virat Kohli  
4AB de Villiers  
5Shakib al Hasan  
6MS DhoniCaptain and Wicketkeeper
  7Ben Stokes 
 8Mitchell Starc 
 9Trent Boult 
 10 Imran Tahir  
11Lasith Malinga 
ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade
1Alyssa Healy 
2Suzie Bates 
3Mithali Raj 
4Meg LanningCaptain
5Stafanie Taylor 
6Sarah TaylorWicketkeeper
7Ellyse Perry 
8Dane van Niekerk 
9Marizanne Kapp 
10Jhulan Goswami 
11Anisa Mohammed 
 ICC Men’s T20I Team of The Decade
1Rohit Sharma 
2Chris Gayle 
3Aaron Finch 
4Virat Kohli 
5AB de Villiers 
6Glenn Maxwell 
7MS DhoniCaptain and Wicketkeeper
8Kieron Pollard 
9Rashid Khan 
10Jasprit Bumrah 
11Lasith Malinga 
ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Decade
1Alyssa HealyWicketkeeper
2Sophie Devine 
3Suzie Bates 
4Meg LanningCaptain
5Harmanpreet Kaur 
6Stafanie Taylor 
7Deandra Dottin 
8Ellyse Perry 
9Anya Shrubsole 
10Megan Schutt 
11Poonam Yadav
  
  
 

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