Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami Included in ICC ODI Team of the Year
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The ICC has announced the ODI team of the year ahead as a part of ICC’s annual awards night. The ICC Cricket Committee Chairman Anil Kumble and CEO Dave Richardson has named the 12 men team in an ICC Press Conference in Dubai. All the 12 members of the team were rewarded for their exceptional performances in the period that spanned between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.
ICC ODI Team of the Year: Hafeez De Kock Kohli Bailey De Villiers Dhoni*+ Bravo Faulkner Steyn Shami Mendis (12th) Sharma #LGICCAwards
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The star-studded ICC ODI team of the year is led by India’s skipper MS Dhoni. The team also constitutes
The openers of the ICC ODI team of the year are South Africa’s young batting sensation Quinton de Kock and Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez. De Kock, who got transformed from a rookie to a mature batsman has been a phenomenon in that period as he plundered 823 runs in 15 matches including his five ODI centuries among which three of them were scored in a 3 match bilateral series against India. His average of 55 proves that he is not a pushover in this squad.
Some good All Round performances from the Professor earns him a spot in the ICC ODI team of the year. In the 17 matches he played, he scored over 727 runs at an average close to 49 and was economical with the ball for Pakistan in the power play overs. He applied the brakes on the opposition scoring rates and pitched in with some crucial wickets at important junctures. He ended with a total of 14 wickets in that period.
Middle Order Batsmen:
There can be no other batsman who could have replaced Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and George Bailey in the middle order of the ICC ODI team of the year award. The trio had a remarkable year with the bat as they redefined the word consistency. Virat Kohli takes his spot at number three Courtesy his 1059 runs in 21 matches at an average of 67. He also scored 4 centuries in the last season which includes the fastest ODI century for India in ODI’s. He was in a different league altogether in New Zealand and South Africa when compared to other Indian batsmen.
After the fall of the second wicket, Australia’s George Bailey will take his guard as he has been chosen for his extraordinary record of 586 in 10 matches at a herculean average of 74. He completely destroyed the Indian bowlers during Australia’s 7 match ODI series last year and leg the Aussies to a 4-1 win over England at their own backyard. AB de Villiers has accounted for 514 runs in 11 matches at an average of 57, which by his standards is just above average. He was the catalyst in the South African line-up as he showed no mercy for the bowlers.
Virat Kohli, Bailey and AB followed by MS Dhoni. Can it get better than this? MS Dhoni has been India’s finisher in the last few years and has donned that role to perfection in the last season. He capitalised on the good works of the Indian top-order and guided the team home time and time again. He was like a wounded warrior in New Zealand as he kept on losing his partners at the other end. He had scored 688 runs in 17 matches at an astonishing average of 86. 1 catches and 12 stumpings in the last season along with his batting abilities earned him the role of Gloveman in the team.
Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner brings in the much needed team balance to the ICC ODI Team of the year. Both can be effective with the ball as they have some good variations and can score some quick runs in the slog overs. Bravo has scored 432 runs in 11 matches with an average of 54 and has accounted for 18 wickets in those matches. On the other hand, Faulkner, in the same number of matches has scored 328 runs and was the finisher for Australia in that period. He also captured 18 wickets in that particular period.
The new ball bowlers for the ICC ODI Team of the year are South Africa’s Dale Steyn and India’s Mohammed Shami. 21 wickets in 6 matches at an average of just 8, this is what the figures of Dale Steyn read. No wonder he has been included in the team along with Mohammad Shami, who accounted for 40 wickets in 18 matches in the same duration. Shami is also the leading wicket taker in 2014.
The lone spinner in the ICC ODI team of the year is Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis. Mendis has been average in the period with just 12 wickets in 5 matches.
MS Dhoni, who was not successful as a captain in the last season has been named as the captain of the ICC ODI team of the year ahead of the likes of AB de Villiers and George Bailey.
Rohit Sharma who has scored 821 runs in 21 matches between July 2013 and June 2014 has been named as the team’s 12th man.
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