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

Published 12/25/2019, 6:59 AM EST
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.

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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.

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Year-wise breakdown of Ashwin’s test numbers:

YearMatchesWicketsBestAverage5WI
 20114266/4724.802
 20128376/3137.753
 20137417/10322.514
 20144103/7243.800
 20159627/6617.207
 201612727/5923.908
 201711566/4127.582
 201810384/2725.360
 20195207/14524.151

(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.

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“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

YearMatchesRunsHighestAverageCenturies
201027102111848.613
 201143164411739.144
 201240218618353.318
 201343191311953.136
 201438228616955.758
 201531130714738.444
 201637259523586.507
 201746281824368.7311
 2018372735160*68.3711
 2019442455254*64.607

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(Stats: Espncricinfo)

 

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Saketh Kandadai

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