Kohli also named top ODI player; Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept women’s honours in ICC awards.
India captain Virat Kohli topped two men’s categories, including being named male player of the decade, while Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept the women’s honours in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) “Awards of the Decade”.
Kohli was also declared the top One-Day International player while prolific Australia batsman and former captain Steve Smith bagged the Test award to deny Kohli a clean sweep.
Perry, 30, was adjudged the best woman player as well as the premier ODI and Twenty20 player.
“It’s a great honour for me to receive this award,” Kohli, who returned from India’s ongoing tour of Australia to attend the birth of his first child, said in a video.
Kohli listed India’s triumphs in the 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy as well as the team’s maiden Test series victory in Australia under his captaincy two years ago as special moments.
“I have relished all the battles in the last decade,” Kohli said. “I played against some great bowlers in the past and continue to play some quality bowlers even today.
“I take a lot of pride in competing against the best, testing myself out against the best in tough conditions.”
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the best male Twenty20 cricketer of the decade and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bagged the spirit of cricket award.
A nomination panel shortlisted the candidates based on their performances between January 2011 and October 2020 and the winners were decided by votes from fans and experts.
List of ICC awards:
Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)
Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)
Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)
Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India)