On Monday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli bagged the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade Award and Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade.
Virat Kohli said the ICC award is a recognition of the perseverance and hard work he has put in over the last 10 years which saw him as one of the members of 2011 World Cup winners for India. He also led India to semi-finals of in the 2019 World Cup besides averaging more than 50 in all three formats and also being India’s most successful Test skipper.
Virat Kohli Cherished 2011 World Cup Win, 2013 Champions Trophy Win And Win In Australian Tour In 2018-19
Virat Kohli is the only player to score above 10,000 ODI runs in this decade. He smashed 39 centuries and 48 fifties during this period with an average of 61.83. He was also part of the victorious 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team after a hiatus of 28 years and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
“The moments I hold closest to my heart in the last decade definitely have to be the World Cup win in 2011, the Champions Trophy win in 2013 and winning the series in Australia 2018/19. I don’t want to mention the personal knocks so much because then I have to rate them and I don’t like doing that,” Kohli said in a video posted by BCCI on its official Twitter handle.
When asked about how it feels to be recognized as the best among contemporaries, Kohli replied, “Well, it is a by-product I feel of persevering with the mindset of doing everything possible in your ability for the team. So you can provide in many different aspects of the game and that has always been my mindset.”
“I have never strived to be better than everybody else. I have just tried to be the best version of myself. I am proud to receive this award because I know the number of quality players, who played in the last decade and what they bring to international cricket as well. I feel like this is a recognition of perseverance and the hard work I have put in the last 10 years and will continue to do so in the future as well.”
Virat Kohli has been the recipient of many awards such as the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy presented for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, Test Player of 2018, ODI Player of 2012, 2017 and 2018 and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was given the Arjuna Award in 2013, the prestigious Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018.
Virat Kohli Admits It’s Challenging To Play All 3 Formats But Want To Base His Cricket On Basics Of The Game
While talking about the challenges of playing in all three formats of the game, Virat Kohli said his hunger is to play good cricketing shots in different formats which helps him eventually to switch between the formats as he averages above 50 in each format.
“It is definitely a challenging thing to do, but I like to base my cricket on the basics of the game. I have always been very firm with the fact that I want to play good cricketing shots and I want to extend and continue the same application in different formats. It helps me to switch very quickly between formats because I don’t try anything extravagant on the field,” Kohli said.
“I believe in my abilities to play good cricketing shots and score runs in all three formats of the game. So, that helps me to cut down the errors and then it just becomes a mental adjustment of being aggressive in ODIs with the balance of rotating strike and being patient for a bit more aggressive in the T20 game and rotating the strike becomes even more crucial.”
“Test cricket is just about being patient and showing resilience and still believing in those same cricketing shots to get you runs. I think it is just the adjustment of the tempo of the game and what the demands of every format are. As I said, if you are willing and open to play for the team at all costs, the situation defines how you need to play and I adjust accordingly and I look at the situation and play accordingly,” he added.
Australian Test No.1 batsman Steve Smith who averages above 60 in Tests bagged the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade award while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade. Rashid Khan averages a meagre 12.62 with the ball picking 89 wickets in only 48 T20Is. Rashid Khan is already 4th leading wicket-taker in T20Is.
Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni claimed the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade for his gesture of recalling England batsman Ian Bell after he was dismissed by a bizarre run out in the Nottingham Test in 2011. Earlier on Sunday, Virat Kohli was also named the skipper of ICC’s Test Team of the Decade.