India’s Flop ODI XI of the decade
These players got a few opportunities to prove their mettle but they failed.
by Vinay Author
Published - Dec 30, 2019 6:25 pm | Updated - Dec 30, 2019 6:25 pm
The 2010s decade will end soon as all the cricket fans look forward to the upcoming decade. The most awaited cricket event from the next decade is the 2023 World Cup which will take place in India. Virat Kohli’s men will look to continue the trend of host nations winning the World Cup by pulling off a clinical performance in 2023.
Talking about the Indian ODI team, the Men in Blue achieved a lot of success in the 50-over format in the last 10 years. Be it winning the 2011 World Cup or seizing the 2013 Champions Trophy, the Indian team performed extraordinarily well in ODIs. However, they were a few individuals who could not live up to the expectations in the format.
Here’s a look at India’s flop ODI XI of the decade:
Matches – 17, Runs – 339, Highest Score – 72, Strike Rate – 66.99
The Tamil Nadu-based opening batsman, Murali Vijay received his maiden ODI cap after impressing in the IPL and domestic cricket. He made his ODI debut against South Africa in Ahmedabad on 27th February 2010. The right-handed batsman received ample amount of opportunities from the selectors.
However, he could not cement his place in the team. With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir still active in 50-overs cricket, Vijay’s failure to play well took him out of the team. Although he continued to open for India in Tests, he did not earn a place in the ODI team.
His last ODI appearance came against Zimbabwe in July 2015. Vijay played 17 ODIs in his career and scored just 339 runs at a disappointing strike rate of 66.99. He could record only one half-century in 17 games and, he let the fans down with his performances.