Best ODI XI Of The Decade: One-day international (ODI) cricket is undoubtedly one of the oldest formats of the game. The past decade witnessed the 50-over cricket grow leaps and bounds with the T20 version taking shape in an advanced stage. Additionally, the powerplay rules also went through a change. These two main factors contributed to the batters having a slight wood over the bowlers. Despite that, the bowlers didn’t hold back and gave the cricketing fraternity several memories to cherish.
The decade also comprised of three World Cup tournaments, all of which gave way for a new set of players who established themselves as the vital cog of their line-ups. If two 50-over World Cups weren’t enough, there took place two Champions Trophy competitions which observed a handful of records getting rewritten. Not only this, but the decade also saw the overwhelming rise of the associate teams who proved as heavyweights on many occasions. These 50-over editions depict that One-day cricket is holding its own and keeps strengthening every year.
As this decade is on the brink of closure, we take a look at Cricket Addictor’s best ODI XI of the decade:
To think what may have transpired had Rohit Sharma not promoted to the opening position, seems overwhelming. Before opening the innings for India, the Mumbai batsman batted in the middle or lower order and couldn’t showcase his potential. Since getting promoted to the top-order, Rohit has enjoyed a sensational turnaround of fortunes. He currently sits number two in the ICC ODI batting rankings.
The 32–year old has amassed 6977 runs at an average of 58.14 in 135 innings while opening the innings. Since the year 2013, the elegant right-hander has at least 50 till date, having also hammered three double-centuries during the tenure. With a phenomenal record of 8944 runs in 221 games under his belt, Rohit Sharma will open the innings.