‘I feel incredibly honoured’ – Virat Kohli and Ellyse Perry react after being named ICC players of the decade

Virat Kohli and Ellyse Perry have been named the ICC players of the decade (Pictures: Getty)

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry have been named as players of the decade by the International Cricket Council.

Kohli scored 20,396 runs in international cricket during the 2010s, establishing himself as one of the best players of his generation and an all-time great.

Perry amassed 4,349 runs across all formats and took 213 wickets, more than any other player.

The Australian, who has won five World Cups, was also named in the Women’s ODI and T20I teams of the decade.

Kohli bagged the Men’s ODI player of the decade award, with Australia’s Steve Smith and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan winning the Test and T20I awards.

India batsman Kohli said: ‘It’s a great honour for me to receive this award.

‘I have relished all the battles in the last decade. I played against some great bowlers in the past and continue to play some quality bowlers even today.

ICC Awards

Sir Garfield Sobers Award for Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade: Steve Smith (Australia)

Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)

Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)

Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade: MS Dhoni (India) for recalling Ian Bell after a controversial run out at Trent Bridge in 2011

‘I take a lot of pride in competing against the best, testing myself out against the best in tough conditions.’

Perry, meanwhile, said: ‘I feel incredibly honoured to win this award, especially given how many incredibly players there are in our game.

‘It’s been a pleasure to play with and against so many of those players. It’s been a special ten years for women’s cricket.

‘To see where the game is now and to see where it could go in the next ten years is very exciting.’

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