Indian cricket maestro Virat Kohli makes history yet again by becoming the only player to secure the “Player of the Tournament” title in three ICC tournaments.
Virat Kohli, who is currently 35 years of age might not be around by the time of next ICC ODI World Cup scheduled in 2027, meaning yesterday the world might have seen him for the last time in the mega-event.
Virat Kohli stunned the world with his exceptional performance during the ICC World Cup 2023, despite India’s six-wicket defeat to Australia in the final on Sunday.
765 runs, one wicket and countless records after! 👊
Virat Kohli emerges as the #CWC23 Player of the Tournament 🤩
— ICC (@ICC) November 19, 2023
The right-handed batting sensation showcased his mastery by accumulating a staggering 765 runs during the World Cup, setting a new record for the most runs scored in a single World Cup edition. With a remarkable average of 95.62 and a strike rate of 90.31, Kohli mesmerized fans in 11 matches, with his standout innings of 117 against New Zealand in the semi-final.
Kohli’s journey to clinching this prestigious title started back in 2014 at the T20 World Cup, where he amassed 319 runs in six innings at an outstanding average of 106.33. Just two years later, Kohli claimed the Player of the Tournament accolade in the 2016 T20 World Cup, contributing 273 runs in five innings with an incredible average of 136.50.
However, despite his stellar individual performances, India couldn’t clinch the title in any of the tournaments where Kohli was awarded the Player of the Tournament. They faced defeat in the 2014 final against Sri Lanka and in the 2016 semi-final against West Indies.
Throughout the ICC World Cup 2023, Kohli shattered multiple records, surpassing his idol Sachin Tendulkar in scoring his 50th ODI century. He also surpassed the legendary Australian Ricky Ponting, securing the second-highest run-scoring position in ODI World Cup history.
Kohli’s phenomenal World Cup journey concluded in the final against Australia, where he added 54 runs to his tally. His total stands at an impressive 1795 runs in 37 matches, featuring five centuries and 12 half-centuries, with his highest score of 117 against New Zealand in this edition’s semi-final.
While Ricky Ponting managed 1,743 runs in 46 matches and Sachin Tendulkar led with 2,278 runs in 45 matches in ODI World Cup history, Kohli’s awe-inspiring performance has etched his name in the annals of cricket history once more.
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