Best One Day XI of the 21st Century
One Day Cricket is one of the three formats of the game of cricket. It is an exciting format, and it has offered some great matches. Test Cricket was the only format after the inception of the game. Subsequently, cricket evolved, and the ODI format was introduced in 1971. The first ever ODI was played between England and Australia at MCG.
Presently, twelve teams have permanent ODI status, but only ten teams will participate in the 2019 World Cup. Cricket has progressed significantly in the 21st Century, and the nature of the game has altered. The T20 format started in this century, and it has affected the ODI format. The batsmen have become more aggressive, as the teams manage to post big scores.
Several legendary Cricketers made their mark in the ODI Cricket. Many great players play the game in this century. Here, we discuss the best possible ODI eleven of the 21st Century.
#1 Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden was an explosive opener, and he had a marvelous career. The Australian opener was the architect of the Australian batting, and he gave a flying start to the team on many occasions. He helped Australia to two World Cup trophies.
Hayden was a regular member of Australia in ODI and Test Cricket. He made his ODI debut in 1993, but he did not have a bright start to his ODI career. He came back to the ODI team in 2000, and he was unstoppable after making his return.
Hayden was a pioneer in Australia's victory in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. He scored three centuries in the tournament. Hayden also became only the second player to score more than 600 runs in a single World Cup. He was voted the ODI player of the year in 2007. Hayden scored 6133 runs in 161 ODI matches at an average of 43.80