Team India captain Virat Kohli and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were nominated for the ICC Player of the Decade Award. Kohli has received a nomination in all 5 categories of men’s cricket. On Tuesday, the ICC has announced the names of the nominated players for all categories.
Former cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the nomination for ODI Player of the Decade and Spirit of Cricket Award. At the same time, Rohit was nominated for ODI as well as T20 Player of the Decade. The names of the winning players will be decided based on the number of votes a player receives.
Apart from Player of the Decade, Kohli has also been nominated for ICC Player of the Decade in ODI, T20 and Test three formats. Kohli has scored more than seven thousand international runs in the last 10 years. He has scored more than eleven thousand runs in ODIs and 2600 runs in T20s.
Kohli (21,444 runs) is the third-highest run-scorer after Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (27,483 runs) in all three formats. Even in the case of setting an international century, Kohli is just behind Tendulkar (100) and Ponting (71), he has scored 70 international centuries so far.
Here are the other categories:
ODI Player of the Decade: This category includes 3 Indians -Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Others are Lasith Malinga (SL), Mitchell Starc (AUS), AB de Villiers (SA), and Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
Test Player of the Decade: Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, James Anderson (ENG), Rangana Herath (SL), and Yasir Shah (PAK) have been nominated for the Test Player of the Decade award.
Nominations for the Men’s T20I Player of the Decade include Rashid Khan (AFG), Kohli, Imran Tahir (SA), Aaron Finch (AUS), Malinga, Chris Gayle (WI), and Rohit Sharma (IND).
ICC Women’s Player of the Decade: Nominations include Ellyse Perry (AUS), Meg Lanning (AUS), Suzie Bates (NZ), Stafanie Taylor (WI), Mithali Raj (IND), Sarah Taylor (ENG).
For Women’s T20I Player of the Decade: Meg Lanning, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Deandra Dottin, Alyssa Healy, and Anya Shrubsole have been nominated.
ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Decade: Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Mithali Raj, Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (WI), and Jhulan Goswami (IND).
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: Virat Kohli (IND), Kane Williamson (NZ), Brendon McCullum (NZ), Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK), MS Dhoni, Anya Shrubsole (ENG), Katherine Brunt (ENG), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), and Daniel Vettori (NZ) have been nominated.