Best Asian ODI XI of the decade
Some of the top players had to be left out purely based on stats.
by Vinay Author
Published - Jan 5, 2020 11:03 am | Updated - Jan 5, 2020 11:03 am
The 2010s decade is in the history books now as the cricket universe awaits the action-packed 2020s. This decade will focus a lot on the shortest format of the game however, the previous 10 years of cricket were ODI centric. Three ODI World Cups took place during the last decade.
Co-incidentally, the hosts won all the three tournaments. India won the tourney in 2011 while Australia and England triumphed in the 2015 and 2019 editions, respectively. The Asian cricket universe witnessed a drastic change during the last decade. Sri Lankan cricket team took a dip while Afghanistan and Bangladesh established themselves as major players of the games.
Here’s a look at the best Asian ODI XI of the decade:
Matches – 180, Runs – 8,249, Highest Score – 264, Strike Rate – 90.63
Indian right-handed opening batsman, Rohit Sharma ruled the 50 overs format with his innings building skills. The Mumbai-based batsman mastered the art of starting off slow and then decimating the opposition with the big hits during the slog overs.
He played 180 ODIs for India in the last 10 matches, scoring 8,249 runs with his highest score being 264. Sharma had a fantastic strike rate of 90.63 which shows how well he paces the innings. He has played a major role in the rise of the Indian ODI team.
The Indian vice-captain’s career graph witnessed a steep rise after the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 because that was the event where MS Dhoni used him as an opener first. Rohit will be keen to carry his form forward in the next decade.