Ian Bishop, former West Indian fast bowler-turned commentator, recently engaged in a freewheeling chat with renowned broadcaster and ‘Voice of Cricket’ Harsha Bhogle on CricBuzz where the duo discussed a plethora of topics related to this beautiful game.
During the course of the discussion, Bishop went on to select his One-day International XI of the recently concluded decade.
Bishop went on to choose the swashbuckling duo of Rohit Sharma and David Warner as the openers of his ODI XI. Rohit Sharma and David Warner were two of the most prolific run-scorers during the last decade.
While Sharma emerged as the second-highest run-getter after having racked up 8249 runs in 180 matches at an average of 53.56 which includes 28 hundreds and three double-tons, Warner was the bedrock of the Aussie batting-unit as he racked up 4884 runs in 107 innings at an average of 47.88 with 17 hundreds.
Virat Kohli– the leading run-scorer [11125 runs in 220 innings at an average of 60.79 with 42 hundred]- succeeds the opening pair of Warner and Rohit, followed by South Africa’s AB de Villiers [6485 runs in 129 innings at an average of 64.20 with 21 tons], Ross Taylor [6428 runs in 145 innings at an average of 54.01 including 17 hundred].
MS Dhoni to lead Ian Bishop’s ODI XI of the decade
The all-rounder’s spot in Ian Bishop’s list went to Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Hasan racked up more than 600 runs in last years World Cup and was the cornerstone of what a pretty good campaign for Bangladesh.
The wicket-keeping slot even to the 2011-World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni, who Bishop also chose as the designated leader of the side.
There is only one slot for a spinner in Ian Bishop’s team and that went to Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan [113 wickets at 18.54 in 71 ODIs] while the fast-bowling unit is led by Mitchell Starc [172 wickets at 20.99 in 85 ODIs], Lasith Malinga [248 wickets at 28.74 in 162 matches] and Dale Steyn [145 wickets at 24.8 in 90 games].
Ian Bishop’s ODI XI Of The Decade:
Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Ross Taylor, Shakib Al Hasan, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan