India's charismatic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday was named the captain of ESPN Cricinfo's One-Day and T20 team of the decade. Virat Kohli was elected the captain of the Test team. The 23-member committee made the selection on the basis that the player has played at least 50 Tests or has been active in the traditional format for six years.
There were mandatory 75 matches for One-Day and 100 matches for T20. Off-spinner R Ashwin has also been included in the Test XI. Ashwin has been out of limited-overs cricket since the arrival of wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. England's Alastair Cook and New Zealand's Kane Williamson are also in the squad. Kohli has scored 7202 Test runs at an average of 54.97 while Ashwin has taken 362 wickets.
Kohli is the only Indian selected in all three formats, while Rohit Sharma has made it to the ODIs. Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli and Dhoni are in the T20 team. The T20 squad consists of five West Indies players Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are in the ODI and T20 team in the women's team. Australia's Meg Lanning has been elected captain.
Since Team India's semi-final loss in the World Cup, Dhoni has made himself unavailable to join the team, which has kept him away from the team. When asked about Dhoni's return to the field, he said that nothing should be asked about it till January. Now it has to be seen when he returns to the field.