It’s pretty ridiculous to think that we have already crossed the decade of 2010 to 2019 where we witnessed as many as nine ICC tournaments ( three 50 over world cups, four T20 World Cups and a pair of champions trophy) and some of the other exciting and nail-biting matches.
In that time, there were some incredible international games that have cemented their place in our mind and surely we will remember those games for decades to come. In those three formats with truck loaded number of international games, it’s quite tough to pick the top 5 cricket games of the last decade. Though, we have done our level best to choose the top 5 Cricket matches of the decade: 2010-2019.
5. INDIA vs BANGLADESH (2016 WORLD T-20) :-
After losing the very first game of the tournament, it was a do or die for IND. And to make it more difficult, they were reduced to a below par total of 146 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. At the innings break, it was quite even-steven for both the subcontinent teams. Bangladesh, who were expected to be beaten by the men in blue, appeared to take a lot of confidence from their 2007 50-over WC. They had already seized headache with just 11 required from the final over.
— ICC (@ICC) March 23, 2017
After two fours back to back from the first 3balls by the wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, it looked all over for the Indians. But the infamous celebration too early backfired him as Hardik Pandya removed both the set batsmen in the next two balls to bring down the equation with 2 needed from the final ball.
And the drama reached its best part as Shuvagata Hom missed and Ms Dhoni who had already left one glove in the ground, ran all the way to break the stumps before Mustafizur grounded his bat to the strikers end. IND pulled off an marvelous win by one run to be alive in the tournament.
4. NEW ZEALAND vs SOUTH AFRICA (2015 WC SEMIFINAL) :-
This game will be remembered for some raw emotions and passion for the game shown by all the 22 players, the coaches, the fans, spectators and every single one. South Africa, who are known to be chokers in ICC tournaments, were up against the inform Kiwis, who were yet to lose a game in the 2015 Cricket WC.
The Africans posted a good total of 281 runs batting first in the rain interrupted game. New Zealand had a revised target of 298, which was challenging keeping in mind the pressure of a semifinal and a home game but the short boundaries in Eden park might reduce some fear in the attacking Brendon McCullum side. With South Africa missing some chances and crunch moments, the lose of 2 wickets wasn’t hurting the Kiwis too much. Nonetheless, the amazing drama of the game will stay for a long long period with the players and fans of South Africa.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 24, 2018
With 5 needed off the last two deliveries, the super hero of the night, Grant Elliott smacked a six off Dale Steyn to progress his side in the final. All the Kiwi Players, staffs, coaches, management and the former players were over the moon as was the crowd of 50000 at the Eden park.
Elliott finished on 84* and adjusted the man of the match in one of the greatest ODIs of all time. But, the image that stucked in the mind of all the fans and lovers of the game were Elliott, choosing to help a dejected Steyn off the field, Morkel and Faf du plessis sat on the ground with full of tears, Ab de Villers rubbed his face with his cap. Emotion and Emotion and only Emotion !!!!
3. THE 3RD ASHES TEST, 2019 :-
Cricket always teach you a lesson in the path of our life and this test match offers us the lesson of not wasting something whenever its not required fully. The excitement always remain at its best whenever it comes to the Ashes and this years was more special as it was the comeback series of Steve Smith and David Warner, after the sandpaper scandal in Newlands.
After wrapping up the Smith less Australia for just 179 in a cloudy day one in their first innings, England were rolled for an embarrassing 67 in response at Headingly.
Test cricket at its best 🤩#OnThisDay in 2019, Ben Stokes' 135* guided England to an unforgettable Ashes win over Australia by one wicket at Headingley.
Was that the best Test innings of all time? 👀 pic.twitter.com/8wXC1ddK9Q
— ICC (@ICC) August 25, 2021
Australia replied with 246 runs in their second innings and left England to chase an extremely tough target of 346 runs to win. ENG started well but the loss of four quick wickets made it looked all out for them. At 286/9 the Ashes was all but gone.
But just like the WC final heroics couple of weeks back, Ben Stokes was still in the crease and so were England. He turned the heat on Australia and paid them the price for wasting a review. The innings of 135* enrooted the English side over the line by the narrowest margin. Though Stokes did the most of the work, the world especially the England fans will not forget the best made 1* by Jack Leach at the other end.
This was the test match that will be discussed for decades to come courtesy one of the greatest test knocks of all time in the summer by Benjamin Stokes.
2. SRI LANKA vs SOUTH AFRICA, 1st TEST, 2019 :-
The 2019 began with a historic test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa, one that will never be forgotten.
SL kept their feet in South Africa with no hope of winning the 2 match test series. But the most passionate fans believed that they could compete. The lions were beaten by Australia in Australia just before that so comprehensively that the Aussies barely raised a sweat.
— Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) February 23, 2019
But SL found themselves at 206/5 with 304 for victory in the first test. They could dream for something stunner. Although, that couldn’t surely thought that this dream would turned into a nightmare, having lost 4/20 in no time.
However, a Kaushal Perera masterclass (153*) , one of the best innings of all time, got the Lankans home. He smashed all the big South African firing pacers over the ground at Kingsmead with a most supportable innings of 6* at the other end of Vishwa Fernando to gain victory for the country.
1. ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 FINAL :-
2019 year was full of drama, action, emotions from the start, in the middle or to the end.
The best ODI of all time and Ben Stokes was standing as a wall between winning and losing. When the final ball was bowled (both in the standard and the super over stage), no one knew who was going to be the champion.
This game was full of everything ; action, drama, emotion, controversy everything.
Batting first, New Zealand posted a fighting 241runs. Though it wasn’t too much big by today’s standard but you never know about a final. It’s always a different ball game.
And it proved to be like that. Flow of wickets, runs, boundaries and over-boundaries at regular intervals including Roy, Bairstow, skipper Morgan, Root and ENG saw the game to be slipped away from their grip.
The England-Pakistan ODI on July 10 at Lord's will operate at full capacity, the MCC has announced.
It will be the first ODI at the venue since the 2019 Cricket World Cup final. pic.twitter.com/f09EAl7uOQ
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) July 2, 2021
As long as Stokes was on the crease, England had the chance. And what about the innings of Stokes, he left no plan undone. He ran hard, had given everything in all the shots, dived home time and time and he stood all the time.
If the final drama wasn’t enough, the game went into a super over. But New Zealand needing 16 to win, hit 15 but lost the game by a controversial rule of boundary counting.
Already, there are lots of controversial issues, discussions about the rule, but the game of Cricket itself was one of the best. This not only was the best of the decade but also the best ODI ever Played in Cricket history.
If we ever witness a game like this again, we will feel ourselves so much lucky.
These remain to be the Top 5 Cricket matches of the decade:2010-2019. Players have given everything in those games. And the fans and all the other people who are connected with the game will always look for such more games in the upcoming future.