The Indian maestro comfortably topped the list of most runs for the decade across all formats of international and domestic cricket with 27,540 including 69 international hundreds and 21,122 runs for India.
Warner came in second with 23,487, featuring 42 centuries for Australia, eclipsing the retired Kumar Sangakkara after his suspension expired, with another fine season in the Indian Premier League, where he was again the leading run scorer, and a hugely profitable home international season this summer.
His runs were made for nine Twenty20 clubs, franchises and counties as well as for Australia, Australia A and NSW, the only major holes in a prolific decade being the absence of a Test ton in either England or India among his career tally of 23.
There were two other Australians in the top 10 run scorers of the 2010s across all competitions: limited-overs captain Aaron Finch (fifth, 21,027) and Smith (10th, 20, 164).
Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne’s stunning 2019 has been capped off with the Australian batsman moving from 110th to fourth in the ICC’s world Test rankings.
Labuschagne climbed into the top four for the first time in his career in the latest rankings released by the ICC, up 106 spots from where he began the year.
Kohli, Smith and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are above the Australian but there is the potential for Labuschagne to catch the Black Caps skipper in the Sydney Test.
The right-hander also topped the world’s run-scoring lists for 2019, with his run out for 19 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand his first score below 50 this summer.
MOST RUNS 2010-2019 (domestic and international cricket, all formats)
Virat Kohli (India) 27,540
David Warner (Australia) 23,487
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 22,906
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 22,391
Aaron Finch (Australia) 21,027
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 20,803
Rohit Sharma (India) 20,788
Joe Root (England) 20,469
Shikhar Dhawan (India) 20,347
Steve Smith (Australia) 20,164
Statistics provided by Brett Graham, Nine.
Chris Barrett is Sports Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.