Virat Kohli is ICC Cricketer of the Decade, MS Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket Award
First Published Dec 28, 2020, 2:43 PM IST
Virat Kohli happens to be the best cricketer in the world currently. The ICC has adjudged him the best cricketer of the past decade, having scored more than 10,000 ODI runs. Besides, MS Dhoni, too, has been honoured for his priceless contributions to the sport.
India skipper Virat Kohli has been bestowed with twin top honours by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He has been adjudged as the best ODI Cricketer of the Decade and has also been recognised as the decade’s best male cricketer.
The ICC came up with the initiative last month to honour the bygone decade’s top cricketers. Numerous top players globally, including a few Indians, were in contention, along with former skipper MS Dhoni. Based on votes by the fans, the ICC announced the winners on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kohli was earlier also included in the Team of the Decade across formats. Interestingly, he was also made the captain of the Test Team of the Decade.
Besides Kohli, there were some other winners in different categories. Afghanistan spinner, Rashid Khan was adjudged as the Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade, while Australia’s Steve Smith won the Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade award.
Meanwhile, Dhoni was bestowed with great honour, as he won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. He was given the privilege owing to his kind gesture for calling back England’s Ian Bell during a Test in England, in 2011, after the latter was controversially run out.
Among the women, Australia’s Ellyse Perry was bestowed with three tributes. She became the Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade, along with Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade and Female Cricketer of the Decade.