The ICC Cricketer of the Decade award, which was introduced in 2020, honours the best player in each of the three international cricket formats between 2011 and 2020.
The award’s first winner was Indian captain Virat Kohli, who dominated the decade with his consistent play. Given that the new decade has already begun, let’s have a look at ten players that might be considered for the ICC Cricketer of the Decade award:
Marnus Labuschagne, an Australian cricketer, is currently ranked #1 in the ICC Test Batting rankings. He bats right-handed and has compiled eleven centuries in Test cricket. He has also shown a tremendous endurance ability. He was also selected for the Australian ODI squad.
A rising talent in Pakistani cricket, Shaheen Afridi made headlines when she became the game’s youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul. His capacity to swing the ball both ways has earned him praise as a left-arm seamer. He has already proven he is capable of competing against the best bowlers in the world.
Shubman Gill, a rising talent in Indian cricket, has made a name for himself with the national squad. He is a top-order batsman with the endurance to bat for extended periods of time and the skill to play spin quite well. He has already shown that he has what it takes to be one of the best hitters in the world.
Rashid Khan, a bowler from Afghanistan, is currently ranked fifth in the ICC ODI Bowling rankings. In ODIs and T20Is, he is a leg-spinner who has claimed over 100 wickets. He is well known for his ability to flip and deliver googlies. He has also shown a great deal of potential as a future spinner of the highest calibre.
Third in the ICC Test Bowling rankings at the moment is Australian cricketer Pat Cummins. He is a right-arm fast bowler who frequently demonstrates a remarkable ability to take wickets and reduce batsman run scoring. He has recently played a significant part for the Australian team as well, and it is believed that he will do so going forward.
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