DUBAI, December 28 (Reuters) – Indian captain Virat Kohli topped two men’s categories and Australia’s Ellyse Perry took top honors for women at the International Cricket Council (ICC) “Awards of the Decade” announced on Monday.
Kohli was named the best male player of the decade, as well as the best ODI player. Prolific Australia batsman Steve Smith won the test award for denying Kohli a clean sweep.
Perry, 30, was named the best player as well as the best player of the ODI and Twenty20.
“It is a great honor for me to receive this award,” said Kohli, who returned from the Indian tour to Australia to witness the birth of her first child, in a video.
Kohli cited India’s triumphs in the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy as well as the team’s first test series victory in Australia under his captain’s post two years ago as special moments.
“I have relished all the battles of the past decade,” Kohli said.
“I have played against top bowlers in the past and have continued to play quality bowlers even today.”
“I am very proud to compete with the best, to test myself against the best in difficult conditions.”
Afghan player Rashid Khan was named the best Twenty20 male cricketer of the decade and former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the Spirit of Cricket award.
A nominating panel selected the candidates based on their performance between January 2011 and October 2020, and the winners were chosen by votes from fans and experts.
List of ICC awards:
Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Male Cricket Tester of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)
Male ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
ODI Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
T20I Male Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
T20I Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Male Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)
Female Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)
Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India)