No Indian cricketer in ICC’s 2015 Test XI, only Shami in ODI XI


Virat Kohli’s team may have already secured the four-Test series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with one match left, but no Indian has found a place in the ICC Test XI of 2015. And, ironically, the lone Indian who has found a place in the ICC ODI XI is not in the national team at the moment.

The lone consolation for India was that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was named 12th man in the Test team.

Pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently out of the Indian team as he is nursing an injury, is the lone India in the ICC ODI XI. He was picked on the basis of his performance in the qualification period, announced by the world body on Wednesday.

The qualification was from September 18 2014 to September 13 2015.

ICC Test Team of the Year 2015: David Warner (Aus), Alastair Cook (Eng, captain), Kane Williamson (NZ), Younis Khan (Pak), Steven Smith (Aus), Joe Root (Eng), Sarfraz Ahmed (Pak, wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad (Eng), Trent Boult (NZ), Yasir Shah (Pak), Josh Hazlewood (Aus); 12th: Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind)

ICC ODI Team of the Year 2015: Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers (SA, captain), Steven Smith (Aus), Ross Taylor (NZ), Trent Boult (NZ), Mohammed Shami (Ind), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Mustafizur Rahman (Bang), Imran Tahir (SA); 12th: Joe Root (Eng)

The ICC selection panel included cricket greats, including former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, ex-England batsman Mark Butcher, and former Australia women’s captain Belinda Clark, besides G. Viswanath, Deputy Editor of The Hindu & Sportstar.