Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the talk of the town in the recent, the International Cricket Council Awards. Virat Kohli is the first player to clinch the top three awards in the single year. The talisman batsman Virat Kohli bagged ICC Top Awards – the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year – for his performances in 2018.
Kohli batted at the top of his game to be the cynosure of all eyes. Virat Kohli scored 1322 runs in 13 Test matches, 1202 runs in 14 ODIs and 211 runs in T20Is. In fact, there were doubts raised over Virat Kohli’s skills of playing in English conditions. He had a mundane tour in 2014 but he was a different batsman altogether in 2018.
Virat Kohli was at his absolute best.
He updated his CV in style as he scored 593 runs on the England tour. In fact, he was the lone warrior with the bat and thus India lost the Test series by 4-1. Furthermore, Virat Kohli was also at his best in the South African tour.
“It feels amazing. It is also so much rewarding for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game,” he said.
Kohli had also won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017. However, he was able to take his performances to the new heights in 2018. Kohli ticked the right boxes in his batting and he batted in his own league to be miles ahead of other batsmen.
“To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you also have to keep with some of the standards of cricket up and keep bringing consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation.”
Moreover, Virat Kohli is named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of 2018 as well as the ICC Test team of the year. Kohli had a magnificent year and he will like to continue in the similar fashion to keep adding new feathers in his illustrious cap.