ICC’s #10YearsChallenge Show How Cricket Has Changed Since 2009

Amid the global 10 Years Challenge, the cricketers have also shared their photos from ten years ago and now for their fans.

While the 10 Years Challenge can be a good measure of how the cricketers have evolved over the course of past ten years, International Cricket Council (ICC) has found a better way to put out the information.

A side by side comparison of top 10 batsmen and bowlers from ten years ago and today shows how the game has evolved and the then best players have retired from cricket to make room for young blood.

Test Rankings

Test Batsmen
10 Years Ago Now
Batsman Ratings Batsman Ratings
1. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) 901 Virat Kohli (IND) 922
2. Mohammad Yousaf (PAK) 880 Kane Williamson (NZ) 897
3. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 859 Chiteshwar Pujara (IND) 881
4. Kevin Pieterson (ENG) 834 Steve Smith (AUS) 874
5. Michael Clarke (AUS) 825 Joe Root (ENG) 807
6. Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 819 David Warner (AUS) 772
7. Ricky Ponting (AUS) 810 Henry Nicholls (NZ) 763
8. Younus Khan (PAK) 799 Aiden Markram (SA) 741
9. Graeme Smith (SA) 797 Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) 715
10. Gautam Gambhir (IND) 772 Hashim Amla (SA) 711

West Indian legend, Chanderpaul led the charts with 901 rating points in 2009, whereas, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the best performer in the current test arena.

The worrying thing, as a Pakistani, is that there is no Pakistani batsman in the top 10 compared to 2009; when Mohammad Yousaf and Younus Khan were among the best test players. This also explains why Pakistan cricket is lagging behind, especially in the longest format of the game.

Test Bowlers
10 Years Ago Now
Bowler Ratings Bowler Ratings
1. Muttiah Muralidaran (SL) 887 Kagiso Rabada (SA) 882
2. Dale Steyn (SA) 845 James Anderson (ENG) 874
3. Stuart Clark (AUS) 783 Vernon Philander (SA) 809
4. Mitchell Johnson (AUS) 756 Pat Cummins (AUS) 804
5. Makhaya Ntini (SA) 754 Ravindra Jadeja (IND) 794
6. Ryan Sidebottom (ENG) 723 Trent Boult (NZ) 771
7. Chaminda Vaas (SL) 688 Mohammad Abbas (PAK) 770
8. Harbhajan Singh (IND) 686 Tim Southee (NZ) 767
9. Daniel Vettori (NZ) 653 Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) 763
10. Zaheer Khan (IND) 631 Jason Holder (WI) 751

Dale Steyn is the only player in the top 10 – ten years ago – who is still playing test cricket.

One Day International Rankings

ODI Batsmen
10 Years Ago Now
Batsman Ratings Batsman Ratings
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND) 771 Virat Kohli (IND) 899
2. Chris Gayle (WI) 768 Rohit Sharma (IND) 871
3. Michael Hussey (AUS) 752 Ross Taylor (NZ) 823
4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) 748 Joe Root (ENG) 807
5. Yuvraj Singh (IND) 737 Babar Azam (PAK) 802
6. Ricky Ponting (AUS) 737 David Warner (AUS) 791
7. Graeme Smith (SA) 737 Faf du Plessis (SA) 785
8. Kevin Pieterson (ENG) 726 Shai Hope (WI) 780
9. Andrew Symonds (AUS) 714 Shikhar Dhawan (IND) 767
10. Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 710 Quinton de Kock (SA) 754

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli lead the batsmen’s table in 2009 and 2019 respectively, which shows why India has been a consistently performing team in the ODIs since the past decade or so.

ODI Bowlers
10 Years Ago Now
Bowler Ratings Bowler Ratings
1. Daniel Vettori (NZ) 753 Jasprit Bumrah (IND) 841
2. Nathan Bracken (AUS) 744 Rashid Khan (AFG) 788
3. Kyle Mills (NZ) 703 Kuldeep Yadav (IND) 723
4. Mitchell Johnson (AUS) 702 Kagiso Rabada (SA) 702
5. Shane Bond (NZ) 682 Mustafizur Rehman (BD) 695
6. Muttiah Muralidaran (SL) 677 Adil Rashid (ENG) 683
7. Nuwan Kulasekara (SL) 675 Yuzvendera Chahal (IND) 683
8. Stuart Broad (ENG) 672 Mujeeb ur Rehman (AFG) 679
9. Andrew Flintoff (ENG) 661 Josh Hazlewood (AUS) 675
10. Zaheer Khan (IND) 660 Trent Boult (NZ) 665

The most notable thing in the latest rankings is the inclusion of two spinners from Afghanistan which shows how the game has expanded to other countries as well. The bowling rankings also show how spinners have taken over the rankings – there were two in 2009 but now there are five in the top 10 – possibly because the game has changed since then, turning average spinners into wicket-takers.

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