MS Dhoni named captain of Cricket Australia ODI team of the decade, Virat Kohli Test skipper

MS Dhoni named captain of Cricket Australia ODI team of the decade, Virat Kohli Test skipper

  • Dec 24, 2019
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While MS Dhoni has been named the captain of Cricket Australia's ODI team of the decade, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also find spots in the 11-man side.

The World Cup-winning Indian star, MS Dhoni, has been appointed as the captain of the ODI team for the contract brought together by Cricket Australia. 3 Indians are part of a 11-man team, which includes some of the best players of the days in 2010.

MS Dhoni, who led India to the glory of the World Cup in 2011, also handles wicketkeeping on the CA ODI team.

In addition to MS Dhoni, Indian captain, Virat Kohli, and opener Rohit Sharma also find a place in the contract team. Rohit and Hashem will open in the CA's team, and Kohli, as usual, comes up at the third place.

Journalist Martin Smith, who brought together this year's ODI team, told Cricket Australia that MS Dhoni was the dominant force in the "golden period" of cricket in limited-overs in India.

“MS Dhoni’s contribution with the bat was reduced during the last part of the decade, but it was a dominant force in a golden period in the one-day aspect in India. Having secured his greatness by pushing his nation to the glory of the World Cup back home in 2011, he became Ultimate finisher with the bat, "Smith writes for cricket.com.au.

Martin Smith also addresses Virat Kohli as "the best one-day batsman" of the decade.

The ODI team of the decade compiled by Cricket Australia

MS Dhoni (c & wk), Rohit Sharma, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shakib Al Hasan, Jos Buttler, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is the only Indian cricketer to have found a place on the Cricket Australia test team in the decade. Captain of India was also named as the skipper of the team.

"The once self-described brat has also evolved into one of the game's most respected figures, recently speaking out about mental health and ushering in a new standard of fitness within his country's cricket ranks," Adam Burnett who has compiled the Test team of the decade wrote for cricket.com.au.

Interestingly, AB de Villiers has been appointed as the team's wicketkeeper of the team, and Virat Kohli's batting position is ranked No. 5 after Alastair Cook, David Warner, Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith.

Cricket Australia's Test team of the decade: Virat Kohli (c), Alastair Cook, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Ab de Villiers (wk), Ben Stokes, Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad, Nathan Lyon, James Anderson.

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