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:
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).
Virat Kohli this decade:
🏏 5,775 more international runs than anyone else 🤯
🏏 22 more international hundreds than anyone else 😮 pic.twitter.com/u1ZA97ARRn
— ICC (@ICC) December 24, 2019
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