Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen at the moment, and there is little doubt about it. His numbers speak for themselves- 20638 runs in International cricket, 68 centuries, an ODI average of 60.31. At the time of his debut, the youngster was not amongst the most talented players. But his dedication for cricket and fitness took him to the next level. One won’t be as surprised if he goes on to beat all major batting records in international cricket. Here are 10 best Virat Kohli achievements…
Arjuna (2013) & Padma Shri Awardee (2017)
Virat Kohli has been bestowed upon the Arjuna Award, the most prestigious sports award in India. Apart from that, the Indian skipper also has the fourth highest civilian award of India, Padma Shri. He won these two awards in the year of 2013 and 2017 respectively for his tremendous contribution to Indian cricket.
Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year (2016)
Kohli won the ‘Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year’ in 2016 for his exceptional performance in that year. He amassed 1215 Test runs at a marvellous average of 75.93, and some similar numbers were there in ODIs and T20Is. In ODIs, he scored 739 runs with an average of 92.37 and 651 runs in T20Is averaging at 106. In the same year, he also won the ‘Polly Umrigar Award’ at the BCCI Annual Awards.
More than 20,000 runs in a Decade
In 2019, Virat Kohli reached the milestone of scoring 20,000 runs in a decade. This came during India’s match against the West Indies at Port of Spain. Kohli also went on to score a century in that match which was also his 43rd in One Day cricket. These runs were calculated from 2010 onwards as this was the year in which he made his Test and T20I debut. Following him is Ricky Ponting with 18,962 runs.
Only Player with 15,000+ International runs at an average of over 50
In 2017, Virat Kohli became the fastest international player to reach the milestone of scoring 15,000 runs. He reached achieved this in just 304 matches. He also became the first-ever batsman to have this feat under his belt at an average of over 50. This came during the one-off T20I match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Kohli is also the 33rd player to have this much international runs under belt.
Sweep at ICC Awards 2019
The ICC Awards 2019 was all about Virat Kohli, with the Indian skipper sweeping most of the awards. He became the first player in history to win ICC Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test and ODI Player of the Year awards in a single year. Apart from these, he was also the captain of the Test and ODI teams as well.
Most successful Indian Captain in Test matches
Virat Kohli is not only a brilliant batsman but also a great leader. He recently became the best Indian Test captain by leading the country to 28 Test victories, surpassing Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is the highest number of victories by an Indian captain in this format. He is also the most successful Indian captain in away matches with 13 wins to his name. Kohli also has the best win percentage as a Test match captain for India.
Most Double Hundreds in Test matches as a Skipper
It won’t be wrong to say that Virat Kohli doesn’t follow milestones, milestones follow him. In 2017, he achieved another one to his name, and this time it came as a batsman. During the Test match between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli completed his sixth double hundred. Before him, Brian Lara held this record with five Test centuries. He is now also at the sixth spot in the list of most Test double hundreds where Sir Don Bradman tops the list.
First Indian Captain to win a Test series in Australia
The Indian Team has been touring Australia for many years but could not win a Test series. It was under the captaincy of Virat Kohli during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, when India was able to do so. The series scoreline read as 2-1 at the end and India created history with that. The credit was majorly given to the pace attack of the Indian team. However, Virat Kohli’s contribution as a captain can also not be taken away that he put.
Most Runs in a single IPL Edition (2016)
In 2016, Virat Kohli was in a different zone, and something similar was seen in Indian Premier League as well. Virat Kohli amassed 973 runs in that edition of IPL and almost took his team over the line during finals. He also had four centuries to his name at the end of 2018 IPL. This became one of the biggest reasons why RCB reached the ultimate stage.
Fastest to 2,000 Runs in T20Is
Kohli is not considered to be an explosive batsman in T20s, but his numbers suggest a different story. In June 2017, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. He reached this milestone during the match against England. He was also the fastest to 1,000 runs till Pakistan’s Babar Azam broke this record.