Day after announcing its Test team of the decade, Australia has now announced its ODI team of the decade. And the honour of leading Australia’s ODI team of the decade has been bestowed the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Moreover, the side announced by Australia also includes Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as the two other Indians.
“The input of MS Dhoni with the bat did tail off during the latter part of the decade, but he was a dominant force in a golden period for India’s one-day side. Having assured his greatness by guiding his nation to World Cup glory on home soil in 2011, the right-hander became India’s ultimate finisher with the bat,” said Cricket Australia about Dhoni.
Dhoni since his debut in 2004 has represented India in as many as 350 ODIs. With an average 50.58, Dhoni has scored a whooping 10,773runs. Having pushed himself down the order in the batting lineup, Dhoni has made his name as the best finisher the game could ever get.
Besides a finsiher, Dhoni is also a great wicketkeeper having had affected 829 behind the stumps dismissals to this day.
“Dhoni’s average of more than 50 is undoubtedly boosted by the fact 49 of his innings were unbeaten. But on the 28 occasions he has been not out in a run chase this decade, India have lost only three times. And his work behind the stumps has rarely let him or his bowlers down,” Cricket Australia further added.
As far as the whole ODI team of the decade is concerned, it includes legends like AB de Villers, Lasith Malinga and more.
Here’s what the full Cricket Australia ODI team of the decade looks like.
Rohit Sharma, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shakib al Hasan, Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga.