The COVID-19 epidemic has given us time to examine the two-story history of cricket.
During this period of reflection, we have tried to compile the best eleven compilations of different decades in collaboration with our followers on social media. There is no better way to start this series than to watch the most recent decade between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019.
As a minimum requirement for selection, at least 50 attendance players in a decade alone have been considered. To reach our conclusion, we narrowed down their list to 22 before giving a vote to potential candidates Instagram.
South Africa have made three final cuts and it is unfortunate that one of the ‘Fab Four’ batsmen has been left out.
Alastair Cook (England) – Opener
Survey results: 55 percent cooking, David Warner (Australia) 45 percent
David Warner of Australia has a strong claim to the spot with more than 7,000 runs and 23 tons during the consideration period. However, the fiercest competition in the polls was when the Aussies were outplayed by England’s great Alastair Cook.
No batsman has scored more runs than Cook in the last decade, the England opener had a great career in 2018-2018.
The elegant left-handed batsman has scored 8,818 runs in 111 matches at an average of 46.41. He assisted himself in the process with 23 tons, including five double centuries. In 2013, when he showed an alarming decline from his high standard, he was knocked out in the final Test against India, recording a fine of 14 against India.
Hashim Amla (South Africa) – Opener
Survey results: Amla 90 percent, Azhar Ali (Pakistan) 10 percent
Another excellent and respected cricketer in the form of top partner Cook Hashim Amla. The Proteas lost the match to Pakistan’s Azhar Ali for a fine left-right combination with Cook.
His use of the decade includes a significant triple tone against England in 2012, three double centuries and a total of 21 scores over 100 records for decades.
Although he has failed to score a ton in his last 14 Tests, South Africa are already feeling the effects of Amla’s retirement from the 2019 sport.
Ken Williamson (New Zealand) – No. 3
Survey results: Williamson 57 per cent, Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 43 per cent
New Zealand captain Ken Williamson lost to India’s Cheteshwar Pujara at number three. Williamson still managed to get a better overall number to ensure an election victory, even though Pujara became a rock for India as they climbed to the Test rankings summit.
In just 137 innings, the Kiwis registered 21 tons and 31 half-centuries in the process of collecting 3379 runs. After considering Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor as the builders of New Zealand’s brightest centuries, Williamson is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the greatest in the game.
He has increased one gear since 2014, and has averaged more than 50 at bat every year since 2011ring, where he still averages 4 47.06. At 29, there is still a lot to come from Williamson in the years to come.
Steve Smith (Australia) – No. 4
Survey results: Smith 6 percent, Joe Root (England) 12 percent
With Steve Smith unforgettably accepting his traditional No. 4 slot with the highest majority in the election, it proved to be no rival. Although it came at the expense of his Fab Four counterpart Joe Root, the best Test batsman of the decade has no competition with Smith.
Despite losing a large part of 2019 due to ball tampering suspension, the Australian head, with an average of 2.84, threw the top of the head and shoulders with 1664 runs. He has left an unprecedented number since the rise of his patriotic Sir Don Bradman and is not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.
In the period, he is 2 tons behind Virat Kohli (227), although he has played 11 fewer innings than the Indian star.
Virat Kohli (India) – No. 5
Survey results: Kohli 90 per cent, Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 10 per cent
Smith’s talent means that Virat Kohli will have to move down from his preferred position to number five in the batting order. India captain Ross Taylor withdrew from the competition for inclusion and rose to the top by a huge margin with qualifications.
After all, he was Smith’s closest rival over the course of the decade, with the two changing their ICC rankings several times. Although his decade probably began with the start of a catastrophic Test in 2011, Kohli ended it with a push in December 2015 as the No. 1 Test batsman.
The century-to-century conversion rate of right-handers is unmatched, with 2 tons per period and 22 half-centuries. Although he has managed to convert seven double tons in a century, Kohli’s expulsion of his England ghosts in 2018 is arguably the biggest success of his decade.
AB de Villiers (South Africa) – No. 6
Survey results: AB de Villiers 86 per cent, Younis Khan (Pakistan) 14 per cent
Of the lowest 5,000-run batsmen of the decade, only Smith has averaged more than AB de Villiers’ 57.48. This is one of the reasons why Younis Khan, Pakistan’s all-time leading run-scorer in the polls, has been managed by Trump.
His retirement from the format in 2018 came as a huge push for the sport, given that the right-hander was still strong. Only one hit-and-run in 2016 saw South Africa’s high standards decline in a decade, at which point he showed ridiculous consistency.
Going down in the batting order, he knocked the Proteas out of the patching hole several times during this period and was the deciding factor in his series win against India and Australia in his last year before retiring.
BJ Watling (New Zealand) – Wicketkeeper
Survey results: Watling 69 percent, Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) 31 percent
With just seven runs spanning them in the space of a decade, it was always going to be a close contest for the glove between BJ Watling and Mushfiqur Rahim. In the end, it was the Kiwi winner and he already complemented a great batting unit.
Although he made his debut as an expert batsman in 2009, Watling became a regular for the Black Caps after Brandon McCullum decided to give up his wicketkeeping glove.
With an average batting average of around 40, Watling is more than a wicketkeeper for New Zealand and has kept the order in a somewhat record partnership. He is the right man to bat around the tail and is a testament to his deep opening skills at No. 20, winning the series 205 against England last year.
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – Spinner
Survey results: Ashwin 60 per cent, Nathan Lyon (Australia) 40 per cent
It was always going to be a tough fight for the spinner slot between Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon and the former was absolutely shaved. Of the two, only one would be a worthy candidate for the role of spinner, as was Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath who did not leave the controversy.
When it comes to authentic numbers, Ashwin is ahead of the competition with a bowling average of 25.36 during the period. His 322 scallops have been at the top of India’s unrivaled dominance at home for decades, with Rabindra Jadeja not even giving a quarter to his teammates.
He has also scored four tons and 11 half-centuries with the bat, which means that his batting order has been extended here.
Trent Bolt (New Zealand) – Fast bowler
Survey results: Bolt 85 percent, Vernon Philander (South Africa) 15 percent
South Africa’s Vernon Philander could feel the hard work after the loss in Poland, but Trent Bolt’s left-arm dwarf provided the perfect balance in the bowling attack.
His new ball partnership with Tim Southee is remarkable for New Zealand, with Boult taking 256 wickets in just 655 matches alone. Mitchell Starc of Australia is the happiest left-armed pacer of the period as he is trailing behind him on the 240 scalp.
For a man who can swing the red-ball in two ways, Bult’s deadly in-swinger remains his greatest asset to the right-handed batsman. What sets him apart from the rest of the pack is his ability to move even in the most unhealthy situations.
Dale Steyn (South Africa) – Fast bowler
Survey results: Stein 73 per cent, Stuart Broad (England) 27 per cent
With an exceptional average as well as a strike-rate, Dale Steyn has always been a shoe, despite Stuart Broad’s mountain of 403 wickets in the period.
The South African pacer was meant to threaten the legacy of Galen McGrath as the most advanced fast bowler of all time, but the pain of a shoulder injury is England’s James Anderson who took the medal instead.
Even after his injury at the end of the decade, Stein averaged 22.29 and a great strike-rate of just 43.9 over the decade gave him the strength to fear any batsman.
It would be a bit of a consolation for a man who has surpassed Shaun Pollock to become the best fast bowler in South Africa, who would otherwise have reached out to the stars, as the man from Proteas started the ball in his locker with a beautiful action.
James Anderson (England) – Fast bowler
Survey results: Anderson 6 percent, Morne Morkel (South Africa) 12 percent
Fighting a strong opponent like Morne Morkel James Anderson – the English citizen topped the survey with an almost unanimous verdict.
At 3 At, the veteran veteran still looks forward to further victories, and the evidence of the past decade supports his unsatisfied desire to continue.
Participating in 106 Tests in 10 years, Anderson has bowled 429 off other bowlers in his bowling. The fact that they averaged 24.35 shows the perfect continuity of his art with the red-ball for England.
Anderson deserved every admiration for the way McGraw went on to become the all-time leading wicket-taker among pacers. There is no one better than him to swing the Duke ball with incredible precision. A true master of his craft.
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