Sakib named in Wisden ODI team of decade

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:36, Dec 22,2019 | Updated: 23:44, Dec 22,2019


Sakib al Hasan

Suspended Bangladesh cricketer Sakib al Hasan was named in Wisden cricket magazine’s men’s ODI team of the decade following his brilliant performances over the last 10 years in the 50-over format.

Sakib is the only Bangladeshi player to make the list, which included highest three Indian cricketers – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni among others.

Two players each from Australia and South Africa and one cricketer each from England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand made it to the Wisden’s men’s ODI team of the decade.

Sakib, who played 131 one-day internationals in last 10 years, scored 4,276 runs at an average of 38.87.

Sakib also claimed 177 wickets at an average of 30.15 in these matches, the highest for a spinner in the decade and four more than Imran Tahir, who Wisden said narrowly missed out.

Sakib was also considered to give the team some flexibility as an alternative to Virat Kohli in one one-down position.

Sakib put an extra-ordinary display in one-down position in the recent World Cup in UK making 610 runs apart from taking 11 wickets.

Sakib is currently serving a two-year ban with one-year suspended ban after he failed to report multiple corrupt approaches by an Indian bookie.

Wisden had to ignore his suspension to include him as their lone spinner having no better choices.

Wisden’s ODI team of the decade: Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni, Sakib al Hasan, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult and Dale Steyn   

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