India captain Virat Kohli has been named Wisden Almanack’s ODI player of the 2010s, while England all-rounder Ben Stokes was declared the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ for a second successive year time by the publication.
The 32-year-old Kohli, who made his ODI debut in August 2008 against Sri Lanka, is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, and has scored a staggering 12,169 runs from 254 ODIs.
‘One cricketer has been named for each of the decades between 1971 and 2021, with India captain Virat Kohli taking the award for the 2010s,’ Wisden said on its website.
Kohli, who was part of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team, made more than 11,000 runs in the 10-year stretch, averaging over 60 and scoring 42 centuries.
The decade began with him winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, and he added a Champions Trophy title two years later, top scoring in the final. In five global ICC 50-over tournaments in the decade, Kohli and India never fell before the semi-final stage.
Meanwhile, Wisden also named legendary Sachin Tendulkar as the ODI Cricketer of the 1990s.
Stokes was declared the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for the second year in a row.
‘His haul of 641 Test runs at 58 in the calendar year was more than anyone else, while his 19 wickets cost just 18 apiece. He did it all against a backdrop of personal tragedy: his father, Ged, died in December at the age of 65,’ Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said.
Also, Australia’s Beth Mooney was awarded ‘Leading Women’s Cricketer in the World’ while West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard was named the Leading T20 Cricketer in the World.
This year’s Wisden, published on Thursday, was the 158th edition.