ICC Awards of the Decade: Virat Kohli wins Player of Decade, MS Dhoni wins Spirit of Cricket Award of Decade

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade for his grand gesture of recalling England batsman Ian Bell to the crease after a bizarre run out in the Trent Bridge Test against England in 2011.

Dec 29, 2020 14:15 ISTModified On: Dec 29, 2020 14:15 IST
ICC Awards of the Decade

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has won two prestigious awards at the ICC Awards of the Decade - Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade and ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade. 

Virat Kohli is the only cricketer with over 10,000 ODI runs in the ICC Awards period and most hundreds. Speaking on his win, Kohli said that his only intention was to make winning contributions for the team and said that stats just become the byproduct of what you want to do on the field.

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade for his grand gesture of recalling England batsman Ian Bell to the crease after a bizarre run out in the Trent Bridge Test against England in 2011.

Virat Kohli claims two top ICC Awards of the Decade honours 

1. Sir Garfield Sobers award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade

2. ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade

Virat Kohli stats during ICC Awards Period (January 1, 2011- October 7, 2020)

Format

Matches

Runs

Avg.

100s/50s

ODI 208 10388 61.83 39/ 48
Test 86 7240 53.62 27/ 22
T20I 80 2768 50.32 24 50s

Virat Kohli has won two prestigious individual ICC honours after becoming the only player to be in all three ICC Men’s Teams of the Decade.

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade

MS Dhoni was unanimously chosen by fans for the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade following for his decision to recall Ian Bell after a controversial run out in the 2011 India vs England Nottingham Test. He had won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award in 2011 as well for the incident. 

What had happened?

During the final ball of the afternoon session on the third day of the test, Ian Bell was run out at 137 after he mistakenly assumed that the ball had reached the boundary for four and had gone off to talk to his batting partner Eoin Morgan while India's Abhinav Mukund hit the ball on the stumps.

The Indian team led by then captain MS Dhoni decided to retract its run out appeal and recall Ian Bell to the crease keeping in mind the spirit of the game, as getting him out in that manner would have contravened the spirit. Bell was able to add 22 more runs before getting caught at the slip. 

Bell was quoted saying after the match that he did not know till the last minute that he would be going back out and was in full praise of the Indian team for handling the situation fantastically,  keeping in mind the spirit of the game. 

ICC Awards of the Decade: Full List

Sir Garfield Sobers Awards for ICC Men's Player of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Women's Player of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

 
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: MS Dhoni (India)

ICC Men's Test Player of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)

ICC Men's ODI Player of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Men's T20I Player of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

ICC Men's Associate Player of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)

ICC Women's ODI Player of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Women's T20I Player of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Women's Associate Player of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce

ICC Teams of the Decade 

ICC's Men's T20I Team of the Decade: MS Dhoni (c), Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.

ICC's Men's ODI Team of the Decade: MS Dhoni (c), Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Ben Stokes, Shakib Al Hasan, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult and Lasith Malinga.

ICC's Men's Test Team of the Decade: Virat Kohli (c), Alistair Cook, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Kumar Sangakkara, Ben Stokes, R Ashwin, Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

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