India’s best ODI XI of the decade
Over the last 10 years, there have been multiple players who have emerged as match-winners for India in ODIs.
Updated - Jan 2, 2020 12:11 pm
One of the most dominant ODI sides of this decade, team India had a very successful outing in the 50-overs format. The Men in Blue began the decade with a historic World Cup win at home and then MS Dhoni and his young brigade won the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
The Indian team could not win the 2015 and 2019 World Cups but they reached the semi-final stage with ease. Also, India had made it to the final of 2017 Champions Trophy, however, a shocking loss against Pakistan denied Virat Kohli and Co a major win. Over the last 10 years, there have been multiple players who have emerged as match-winners for India in ODIs.
Here’s a look at the best Indian ODI XI of the decade:
1. Rohit Sharma
Matches – 180, Runs – 8,249, Highest Score – 264, Strike Rate – 90.63
Indian opener Rohit Sharma was a struggling middle-order batsman at the start of the decade. However, MS Dhoni’s faith in him helped him become the best opener on the planet. Dhoni promoted Sharma to the opening position in 2013 and that move changed his life.
Rohit is the only player in the world to have score 3 ODI double hundreds. Also, he holds the record for the highest individual score in ODI history with his 264 runs innings against Sri Lanka being the best ODI knock ever. Sharma is also the vice-captain of the Indian team.
He had an incredible World Cup in 2019 where he outshone each and every Indian batsman with his consistency. Rohit will look to carry forward the same for in the 2020s because although the team performed well in this decade, it won 0 ICC trophies in the second half.