The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the winners of the ICC awards of the decade for all the formats. Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade, while Ellyse Perry bagged the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade.
Virat Kohli also bagged the ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade. He is also the only player to be included in all the three ICC Men’s team of the decade.
The Indian skipper scored a total of 20,396, having played 87 Tests, 251 ODI, and 85 T20I in the decade. Ever since Kohli made his debut in the International forum back in 2008, after leading the U-19 Team of India to the World Cup victory the same year, Kohli has progressed at a supersonic speed. He played an instrumental role in India’s 2011 World Cup victory as well as the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy win.
Kohli has several accolades to his name was also named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018. He is only third in having the most ODI centuries, with 43 centuries to his name. No wonder he took home the honorary award.
In the women category, Australian star player Ellyse Perry has won the most number of awards. Apart from being awarded the ICC Female Player of the Decade, she was also named the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade as well as the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade.
Perry has been a phenomenal player. She has been a part of the Australian women’s team that emerged as the champions of the Women’s National Cricket League, eleven times. She has won the Wisden Leading Women Cricketer in the World two times, in 2016 and 2019. Owing to her impeccable performances, she has also won the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Award two times.
The women all-rounder 112 WODI, 118 T20I, and 8 Tests, scoring 3022, 1197, and 634 runs respectively.