Indian captain Virat Kohli has been selected by Wisden Almanack for the best ODI Cricketer of the Decade in the 2010s, while England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named for the second year in a row. Best Cricketer of the Year (Ben Stokes Best Player of the Year). The 32-year-old Kohli made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008. Kohli, one of the best batsmen of all time, has scored 12169 runs in 254 ODIs.
Wisden said, “Five ODI cricketers have been selected from every decade on the 50th anniversary of the first ODI.”
It stated on its website, ‘Between 1971 to 2021, one of the best cricketers for every decade has been chosen. Kohli was elected for the decade of 2010.
Kohli, who was a member of the World Cup 2011 winning Indian team, has scored more than 11000 runs in ten years which includes 42 centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar was voted the best cricketer of the nineties. Tendulkar scored nine ODI centuries in 1998. India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was adjudged the best cricketer of the eighties. India won the 1983 World Cup under Kapil’s captaincy. He took the most wickets in that decade and scored more than a thousand runs at the highest strike rate.
Stokes was voted the best cricketer of the year for the second consecutive year. He scored 641 Test runs in 58 matches last year while taking 19 wickets. Australia’s Beth Mooney was adjudged the best female cricketer and West Indies’ Kieran Pollard the best T20 cricketer.