Virat Kohli-ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017

1 month ago Anand Vardhan 0

There were not many things that would put a smile on the Indian cricket fans faces after South Africa defeated India in the Second test of the Freedom Trophy Test Series, but the announcement that Indian captain Virat Kohli has been awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Cricketer of the year and ICC ODI cricketer of the year for the year 2017. The Indian skipper was in sublime form throughout last year scoring 1059 runs in 16 innings at an average of 75.64 in Test cricket. The same was form was depicted in the 50 over format of the game. Kohli scored 1460 runs in 26 innings at an average of 76.84 per game. Not bad for a batsman over the span of 12 months. Kohli didn’t disappoint as a captain either, leading India to 9 consecutive Test series win and 8 ODI series win. He charismatic Indian scored 5 centuries in Test cricket and 6 in the ODI format on his way to lifting the famous old trophy after Ravi Ashwin did the same in 2016.

Virat Kohli’s Performance in Test Cricket

Having been criticized for not forming in Test matches as well as he does in the shorter formats of the game, Captain Kohli had to prove a lot. He smashed 235 runs against England in December 2016. This double ton came at a time when the English were on a decent run of form. 12 months later the Sri Lankans were the victims of Kohli’s masterclass when he scored consecutive double hundreds against them in a series win. Kohli kept on performing in the longest format of the game throughout. With Solid performances against New Zealand, he showed the world why he is considered as one of the best batsmen in the world right now.

Virat Kohli in action

 

Virat Kohli’s Performance in Limited overs cricket.

If media criticised Kohli for underperforming in Test cricket, no one had any doubt about his abilities in the limited overs format. He partnered Rohit Sharma and the pair had a partnership of more than 200 runs, which eventually gave India the series win.Virat Kohli made 113 runs off 106 balls.  In January, the in-form England side had given India a daunting task of chasing a target excess of 350 runs. The Indian captain stepped up when he was required the most and smashed the English bowlers around the park on his way to scoring 122 off 105 balls. India won the match courtesy of centuries from Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav.

 

Virat Kohli in Action

With 32 ODI centuries already under his belt and with lots of mature years of cricketing left in him, the talisman would have set his sights on Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries. There has been a lot of criticism against him regarding the inconsistency in the playing eleven, but he has been a good captain and a prolific batsman throughout his illustrious career.Virat Kohli He is the fourth Indian after Rahul Dravid(2004), Sachin Tendulkar(2010) and Ravichandran Ashwin(2016) to win the award. With his fitness levels showing no signs of decreasing and his technical ability improving with experience, Virat’s ability to perform at the big stage ad his knack of getting in war of words at times certainly demands attention, but playing in his prime he should be regarded as one of the best batsman ever, if he is not already.