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ICC names MS Dhoni as skipper for white-ball format; Kohli to lead the Test decade XI

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Dhoni and Kohli feature as the skippers across all the three formats

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ICC names MS Dhoni as skipper for white-ball format; Kohli to lead the Test decade XI

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SportsCafe Desk

12/27/2020

On Sunday, ICC finally announced their decade XI across all formats, naming MS Dhoni as the skipper in both the ODI and the T20I format while they named Virat Kohli as the skipper for the Test decade XI. Meg Lanning leads the women’s ODI decade XI with two Indian stars in the lineup.

After days and months of voting, ICC has finally revealed the decade XI, across all formats, with MS Dhoni leading the decade’s ODI and T20I XI. To start with the T20I XI, the ICC has named the duo of India’s Rohit Sharma and West Indies’ Chris Gayle as the openers of the lineup. Australia’s Aaron Finch and India’s Virat Kohli features as the No.3 and 4 in this lineup as AB de Villiers completes the middle-order. 

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, India’s MS Dhoni and West Indies’ skipper Kieron Pollard complete the batting pack of the playing XI. Amongst the bowlers, ICC has picked Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan as the sole spinner alongside Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and India’s pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

In the ODI XI, however, the ICC have named Australia’s David Warner to partner Rohit at the top of the order while Virat Kohli features as the No.3 alongside de Villiers as the No.4. Shakib-al-Hasan finds himself a place at No.5 as MS Dhoni bats at No.6 with Ben Stokes completing the top seven. Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult complete the left-arm pace attack, with Lasith Malinga the only right-arm pacer. South Africa’s Imran Tahir finds his place in the XI ahead of the other spinners.

While Virat Kohli featured in the XI in both the formats, he was named as the skipper in the longest format. England’s Sir Alastair Cook and David Warner were named as the openers with Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson as the No.3. While Kohli features at No.4, Australia’s Steve Smith follows him at No.5, with Kumar Sangakkara donning the gloves and batting at No.6. Ben Stokes walks at No.7, Ravichandran Ashwin at 8 with Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad and James Anderson the mainstream three pace bowlers.

In the women’s ODI line-up, Australia’s Alyssa Healy was named as the opener with Kiwi opener Suzie Bates. India’s Mithali Raj and Australia’s Meg Lanning completes the top-order as Stafanie Taylor and Sarah Taylor round up the top six. Australia’s Ellyse Perry features at No.7, with South Africa’s Dane Van Niekerk at 7 alongside country mate Marizanne Kapp. Jhulan Goswami and Anisa Mohammed complete the bowling department. 

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