Virat Kohli wins top ICC Decade awards; Steve Smith named Test player of the Decade

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli


Virat Kohli shows his sheer dominance in the recently announced ICC Male player of the decade award as he became the only player who is included in all three formats. He took home both the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade and the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade.

Kohli has been exceptional when it comes to consistency in the last 10 years for India and started showing maturity in few innings he played in the 2011 World Cup revealed in an interview that his aim is to take Indian cricket forward and carry the burden of his nation like his idol Tendulkar who did it for 21 years.

“Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders,” a 22-year-old Kohli said then.

He is on the verge of breaking records of maximum centuries in ODI cricket as he currently stands at 43 hundred trailing behind his idol Tendulkar who scored 49 centuries in his international career. His ability to hit century when it comes to chasing is simply mindboggling as he scored 35 hundred in his career till date while chasing out of which 22 hundred came in a winning cause.

He was also a player of the tournament in 2014 and 2016 ICC T20 World Cups. Also, his captaincy in the longest format of the game has been exceptional as India won 33 matches under his leadership including a memorable series win in Australia in 2018-19. Also Australian ace batsman Steven Smith was honored with Test cricketer of the decade for his amazing transformation by starting his career as leg spinner to becoming the best batsman in red-ball cricket. The players were selected based on the stats picked from January 1st, 2011 to October 7th, 2020.