Top Test Batsman of the Decade (2010 – 2019)

The 2010s was a decade which saw the retirement of Test greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook, both of whom scored more than 10,000 runs in their career. While Cook features in our list, Sachin played only till November 2013 due to which he couldn’t score enough runs to be considered. The decade also saw the emergence of the so called big four in present cricket: Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. All these four made it to be contenders for the Stat Sensei Test Batsman of the Decade. The 10 players who are being compared scored more than 5,000 runs during the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019. We further narrowed down the list by keeping a minimum average of 45.00 during the period. Lastly, I would like to remind you that the stats in the article are not the career stats of the players but only their stats in the 2010s. So, without further ado, let’s see how the top 10 batsmen of the decade perform against each other in various criteria.

Primary Criteria

The 3 most important stats in which a player can earn a maximum of 200.0 points. The other batsmen are given points as a ratio of the their performance to the top batsman.

#1 Prolific

Points given for number of runs scored in the period

#2 Consistent

Points given for average in the period

#3 Dominant

Points given for strike rate and balls per boundary

Secondary Criteria

7 other criteria in which a player can earn a maximum of 100.0 points. The other batsmen are given points as a ratio of the their performance to the top batsman.

#1 Big Innings Consistency

Points given for number of innings per hundred

#2 Big Innings Potential

Points given for the 10 highest scores in the period

#3 In Top Form

Points given for most runs scored in a calendar year

#4 In Victories

Points given for average in innings in which their nation won the match

#5 In Asia

Points given for average while handling spin/reverse swing in Asian conditions

#6 Outside Asia

Points given for average while handling pace/ swing in conditions outside Asia

#7 Top Opposition Away

Points given for average away from home against teams which have a better than 2.0 Win Loss Ratio in their conditions during the decade. These teams are India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England.

The Final Rating

Total number of points in the 10 criteria reduced to per 1,000 points.

Stat Sensei Top Test Batsman of the Decade (2010 – 2019)

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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