Revealed: Why Virat Kohli Was Selected To Lead ICC ODI Team Of The Year Ahead Of MS Dhoni
The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Thursday, announced the One-Day International Team of the Year. Batting greats Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the star-studded team on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016.
While very few can raise their eyebrows on the players who made it to the team, the ICC’s decision to make Indian batting sensation Virat Kohli the captain of the side left many surprised. There is absolutely no denying the fact that the Indian star fully deserves the spot for his unbelievable batting prowess but handing him the captaincy did not look like a wise decision considering the fact he is not the captain of the Indian ODI team.
On the other hand, India’s most decorated skipper MS Dhoni missed out on the ODI team of the year. Arguably, one of the finest limited-overs skippers of this generation, Dhoni was a surprise omission from the team. However, the statistics suggest otherwise.
During the time period that was considered for the selection, the World Cup-winning skipper cut a sorry figure with the bat while his deputy Kohli took the world by storm.
The Indian skipper played 13 matches during that time period, most by any Indian player but could score only 298 runs at an average of just over 29. He scored only one half-century during that lean period of his. On the other hand, Kohli was in red-hot form at that time. The Indian Test skipper played 10 matches and scored 626 runs at an outstanding average of 62.6. He scored three centuries and as many half-centuries.
The only statistic where Dhoni has left his compatriot behind is the strike rate. The 35-year old amassed his runs at a strike rate of 99.66 while Kohli’s strike rate was 94.27.
Here are the stats of both the players during the time period that were considered for selection:
ICC ODI Team of the Year 2016 (in batting order):
David Warner, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Sunil Narine, Imran Tahir (12th man)
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