1. Wisden's XI of the Decade
1. Alastair Cook, 2. David Warner, 3. Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Steve Smith, 5. Virat Kohli, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. AB de Villiers, 8. R Ashwin, 9. Dale Steyn, 10. Kagiso Rabada, 11. James Anderson.
2. Kohli's performance
The Indian skipper has been firmly entrenched as the No 1 Test batsman, as he recently overtook Australia's Steve Smith. Kohli had some stand out years in Test cricket especially from 2016 to 2018 where he scored so heavily and is also the only batsman who has a 50+ average in all three formats of the game. Currently, Kohli has 7202 runs from 84 Test matches at 55 and has made 27 hundreds and 22 fifties. However, Marnus Labuschange of Australia is the leading Test run-getter in 2019 and Mayank Agarwal is the top run-getter for India.
3. Ashwin's efforts
Since 2016, R Ashwin has undergone a remarkable change as a bowler as he exploited a long home season to the hilt to pile up records and wickets. So much was his devastation in the mid 2010s, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner was once labelled as the ‘Bradman of Bowlers.' Ashwin currently has 362 wickets from 70 Tests and recently equalled Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan as the fastest bowler to reach 350 Test wickets.
4. Other prominent names in XI
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, former England opener Alastair Cook and Australia's prolific Steve Smith are the other big names to find a place in the Wisden XI. Steyn, who is active in white ball format, was recently retired from Test cricket as was Cook. Smith had a tremendous Ashes series upon his return from a one-year ban for his involvement in the Cape Town ball tampering scandal.