The world of ODI cricket in the last 10 years saw a lot of things happening left, right and centre. England won the World Cup for the first time in 2019, close to 500 runs were scored in a single inning and the dynamics of the World Cup changed a lot.
And, during the course of these events happening, many players rose to the top and their names were on the lips of every cricket enthusiast on the globe.
To commemorate the achievements of such impactful players, the International Cricket Council released the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade. And, it must have been a really tough task for the people at the ICC headquarters to select 11 players from the sea of players who took the world of ODI cricket by storm.
Here’s a list of 5 such players who unfortunately missed out on being included in the XI-
1. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
One of the best players to have played cricket for New Zealand in recent years, Ross Taylor, has been the backbone of the squad with the bat in hand and stayed true to his aura of being calm, collected, and classy throughout that time.
Taylor, during, his stint with the Kiwis has seen them through an emotional roller coaster of sorts, where they went through highs and lows. Ross stood strong in the side as a teammate to talk to, and a role model who could give real-time guidance to the players whenever they needed it.
Since the year 2011 for the One Day International team, he has featured in a total of 139 matches, out of which, the Kiwis won 78 matches. In those 139 games, he scored 5,950 runs, which makes a clear case for him to be one of the most iconic players to have played ODI cricket. And, it was a real shock for the cricket world when Taylor was not included in the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade.
2. Eoin Morgan (England)
Eoin Morgan’s journey in One Day International cricket started off with him representing the Ireland cricket team that made it into the Super Six stage of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and really saw its high point with him being in the England Cricket Team’s dressing room.
The front runner of England’s transition after the 2015 World Cup, leading them to an eventual win in the 2019 edition of the tournament as a captain and a player, Morgan’s rise in international cricket in recent times has been in tandem with his team’s rise too.
The holder of distinction of being one of the only few players to have played in the World Cup for 2 different teams, Morgan has been the leader of change in the true sense. He played in 187 games for the team in the last decade, and his impact could be felt in the way England performed as they won 105 of those, losing 84 matches.
The way Morgan performed in the format during the last 10 years, winning England the World Cup for the first time, it was really unfortunate on his part to have missed out on not being included in the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade. And, the way he is, it must not have affected him much and he would be focussing on preparing himself and his team for the upcoming tour of India.
3. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
The most feared bowler from the humble New Zealand cricket team, Trent Boult is the second player from the team who in spite of having a strong case for himself to be included in the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade, missed out and was not included in the side.
His exclusion was one of the biggest talking points after the release of the names of the players included in the team. This is after given the way he has single-handedly led the team’s bowling attack, making sure that in 50-overs cricket, every player who came into the side saw someone who they could look up to.
In spite of having that sweet smile and humbleness on the field, on his day, Boult in literal sense torments the batsmen and spits fire with the ball and just his presence on the other end, sends chills down the spines of the batsman at the batting end.
Having featured in 90 One Day International matches, Boult’s credentials did make a strong case for him to be named in this coveted team alongside the greats of the game.
Boult, who still continues to be an integral part of the Kiwi bowling setup has taken 164 wickets at an economy rate of 5.03 runs per over and his performance has been as great as ever in the last few years.
4. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
The first entrant from India in this list and a really undervalued asset of the side, Ravindra Jadeja’s exclusion from the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade, even though may not have been talked about much, is really worth mentioning of, considering the way he has had an impact on the Indian team’s performance as an all-rounder in the past decade.
The highest wicket-taker in one of the biggest wins of the Indian team in the recent times, during the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, Jadeja missing out on making it into this coveted XI, did send ripples in the world of cricket enthusiasts, even though it may not have been talked about in the mainstream.
Jadeja’s numbers in ODI cricket since his debut and the times that they have come in surely added a lot of value to his credentials as a player who was one of the front runners in the race to the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade.
He has played in 133 ODI matches for India and has done better than many specialist bowlers and batsmen active in the scene, in spite of the fact that he is an all-rounder. He has 1,876 runs to his name and has taken 159 wickets in total, as he continues to amaze the fans and experts with his performance in every passing game, saving India’s cause time and again.
5. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
A man who is capable of writing a book of batting all by himself that could become the most influential and apt book for upcoming players, Hashim Amla’s name was one that had been excluded from the ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade that was announced recently. It’s astonishing, to say the least.
Whatever may have been the reason for him not being included in the team, it was surely not his records that would have stopped the jury from not putting his name in. With 6,207 runs to his name in 144 matches at an average of 47.02, Hashim Amla’s numbers are as a good as it gets for a player who was playing in modern-day One Day International cricket.
One of the finest batsmen in world cricket during his playing days, Amla’s presence made a world of difference for the South African team. And, it is proven in the stats that have the win-loss ratio of the Proteas in ODI cricket in the matches he played, placed at an impressive 1.63, which translates to 106 wins in 178 matches.
Amla will surely go down as a legend and an icon of batting from South Africa and his name would be written in golden letters in every record book of cricket that is ever written.
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