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Hayden picks India’s most impactful ODI player of the decade

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden made the headlines recently when he spoke about India’s impactful ODI player in the last decade. In the last decade, the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have performed incredibly well for India. According to Hayden, MS Dhoni is the most impactful ODI cricketer of India in the last decade.

Hayden picks India's most impactful player of the decade

According to the former World Cup winner, MS Dhoni has won everything for India. Captain Cool is the only skipper to lead India to three ICC trophies namely ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC ODI World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Besides being a great captain and incredible cricketing brain, Dhoni has often won games for the Indian team as a finisher.

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It is no doubt that he was the best finisher in world cricket in his heydays. When Dhoni is on strike, the pressure is on the bowlers. When all other batsmen fail to perform in pressure situations, the 39-year-old veteran has time and again helped India go past the line.

“I think it’s really important and significant that MS Dhoni has won a World Cup and a Champions Trophy. That World Cup for me, that’s a real big milestone…I have mentioned it before we have played loads of cricket in the one-day format, and I just feel that when it comes to being ready for a World Cup, you not only got to have a good leader, but you also need to have a calm, strong player in the middle order like he has,” Hayden added in a statement.

Sunil Gavaskar backs Kohli as impactful ODI player of the decade

India’s batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar reckons that Virat Kohli is most impactful one in ODIs. The legend backed his claim added that Kohli has won the most number of games for India. He made his international debut in 2008 and there was no looking back since then. The run-machine scored 22,208 runs in 86 tests, 251 ODIs, and 84 T20Is.

Kohli recently unlocked another milestone of reaching 12,000 runs and that too very quickly. He accomplished the feat in 242 innings, 58 matches less than the second-best one – Sachin Tendulkar.

“I think if you look as an individual, then certainly it’s got to be Virat Kohli because if you look at the number of matches he’s won for India when India has been chasing big scores…I look at the impact a player has had, and not just the runs or wickets that he has taken,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected.

“And in that aspect, you have got to say that in this decade, it really has been Virat Kohli who has had the most impact on the matches that India have won,” he added.

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