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Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin Finish with Most Runs and Most Wickets in International Cricket in the Decade

Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin Finish with Most Runs and Most Wickets in International Cricket in the Decade

Virat Kohli celebrating with Ravi Ashwin and MS Dhoni

Making his debut in the 2010, Ravichandran Ashwin, by 2019 can boast of a record that places him among the bowlers of the decade. Over Test, T20Is and ODIs, Ravi Ashwin has a combined 564 wickets in the decade which is more than anyone else during that period.

Although Ashwin came in as a limited overs specialist, it did not take him long to settle and become one of the best. Out of the 564 wickets, 366 have come in the Test matches and 254 in test matches at home at an impressive average of just under 23.

What makes his haul of most wickets in the decade more impressive is that he hasn’t played in a limited overs match for India in the last two years.

Year-wise breakdown of Ashwin’s test numbers:

Year Matches Wickets Best Average 5WI
 2011 4 26 6/47 24.80 2
 2012 8 37 6/31 37.75 3
 2013 7 41 7/103 22.51 4
 2014 4 10 3/72 43.80 0
 2015 9 62 7/66 17.20 7
 2016 12 72 7/59 23.90 8
 2017 11 56 6/41 27.58 2
 2018 10 38 4/27 25.36 0
 2019 5 20 7/145 24.15 1

(Stats: Espncricinfo)

The bowlers finishing behind Ashwin are James Anderson (564), Stuart Broad (525), Tim Southee (472), Trent Boult (458).

Virat Kohli- highest in a few categories:

The “decade’s most” in the batting is also led by an Indian. Virat Kohli, apart from scoring the most international runs, has a few more numbers to show for. His 42 hundreds is 22 more than the next best, while he also has just over a half century of half centuries (52). Known for his fitness, Kohli has also played in the most number of matches in the decade (227).

 

Kohli was competing with his teammate Rohit Sharma for the most wickets in 2019 when India were playing their last match of the year against West Indies. Kohli triumphed with a match-winning innings which ensured that he would finish the year as the highest scorer. After the match, Kohli felt that the year has been, in fact, good for Indian cricket, but not being able to win the World Cup was a disappointment.

“2019 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket. Apart from the 30 minutes in the World Cup, it’s been a great year. We’ll keep chasing that ICC trophy. But apart from that, the way we’ve played has been satisfying. Having a bunch of fast bowlers who can bowl out any opposition anywhere – them taking the attention away from the spinners in India is a huge achievement,” Kohli said after another man of the match performance in the third ODI against West Indies.

Year-wise breakdown of Kohli’s runs since 2010

Year Matches Runs Highest Average Centuries
2010 27 1021 118 48.61 3
 2011 43 1644 117 39.14 4
 2012 40 2186 183 53.31 8
 2013 43 1913 119 53.13 6
 2014 38 2286 169 55.75 8
 2015 31 1307 147 38.44 4
 2016 37 2595 235 86.50 7
 2017 46 2818 243 68.73 11
 2018 37 2735 160* 68.37 11
 2019 44 2455 254* 64.60 7

(Stats: Espncricinfo)

 

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