Virat Kohli Named ICC Men's ODI Cricketer Of The Decade

Virat Kohli Named ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer Of The Decade

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Virat Kohli. BCCI Twitter.

Virat Kohli’s achievements were recognised by ICC as he was named the Men’s ODI cricketer of the decade. The Indian skipper has been one of the most prolific run-getters in international cricket since making his debut in 2008 in ODIs.

But he dominates the 50-over format unlike any cricketer ever as he averages a staggering 59.31 in ODIs which is 2nd highest in the world from players ever to have played the 50 overs format.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

Virat Kohli Named Men’s ODI Cricketer Of The Decade By ICC

Virat Kohli already has 43 ODI tons at 32 years of age in 251 ODIs which means he is in line to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI tons. His consistency in limited-overs means that he is on course and the main competitor to break the records of his idol former batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, whose feats were once considered untouchable.

Sachin Tendulkar has 18426 runs beside his name in 463 matches averaging 44.83 and has scored the most career runs ever in ODIs. The current Indian skipper has 12040 runs in 251 matches and is 6th among leading run-scorers.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

The International Cricket Council on Monday recognized Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s achievements by naming him the Men’s ODI cricketer of the decade.

He has been one of the recipients of many awards like the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, also the ICC Test Player of the Year 2018 and ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018 besides Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2017 for cricketing achievements and the illustrious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018.

Virat Kohli’s Biggest Achievements Were 2011 World Cup Win, 2013 Champions Trophy Win And Maiden Test Series Victory In Australia In 2018-19

In a video posted by the ICC, Virat Kohli spoke about the three biggest achievements of his career, which included the 2011 ICC World Cup win, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory and leading India to their maiden Test series triumph in Australia in 2018-19.

He was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012 and became Test captain following Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Tests in 2014. In 2017, he became the limited-overs skipper as well. In ODIs, Virat Kohli has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. Virat Kohli is also India’s most successful skipper with 33 Test wins in 56 Tests captained.

He has currently returned home midway from the Australia series after playing 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and 1st Test as he is on paternity leave and is expecting his first child with wife Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: PTI

Virat Kohli was also a member of the Indian team that reached the semi-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup. He captained the team to the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

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