Top 5 Indian ODI batsmen of the decade
The 2010s decade has entered its final month as the world awaits the year 2020. The cricket universe is excited for the next decade as several big ICC events have been planned. There is a T20 World Cup each in 2020 and 2021. Also, the inaugural ICC World Test Championship will culminate in 2021; after which India will host the ICC World Cup in 2023.
Talking about the 50-over World Cups, three events took place in this decade and the host nations won all of them. India won the decade’s first World Cup in 2011 while Australia regained the trophy back in 2015. The 2010s ends with a new world champion as England captured their first ICC World Cup earlier this year.
India emerged as the most consistent team in ODI cricket having reached the semifinals of all three World Cups in the decade, along with winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
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The Indian batsmen have been the backbone of the team and hence, let us have a look at the top 5 Indian batsmen of the decade.
#5 Suresh Raina
Matches - 144, Innings - 127, Runs - 3,718, Average - 35.40, Strike Rate - 96.57
The left-handed middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina played a vital role for the Indian team in the ODI format. Though he achieved little success in red-ball cricket, Raina was a match-winner for the team in the limited overs format.
He was a regular part of the team for the better part of the decade but his woes against short-pitched deliveries led to his exit from the side. Raina featured in 144 matches for India, scoring 3,718 runs at an average of 35.40. His strike rate of 96.57 shows his aggressive intent while batting. He also registered three tons and 23 half-centuries after the turn of the decade.