Virat Kohli has firmly cemented his place as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket. He is already the best batsman in the world right now, with a bucket load of runs in both Tests and One Day Internationals (ODI) while scoring heavily in the shortest format of the game. In every series that he plays, Virat invariably ends up becoming the highest run-getter in the series. He has scored the most runs in South Africa and England Test series while becoming the third-highest run scorer in Australia with a total of 282 in four Tests.
In ODIs, Virat turns into a different beast altogether. He has an astonishing average of 88-plus in the 50-over format since 2016. Even in the recently concluded ODI series in Australia and New Zealand, Virat was among the top-scorers in the charts with 153 and 148 runs respectively. As a captain, Virat created history by becoming the first India (also Asian) captain to win a bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia. It is like everything he touches, turns into gold.
The records speak for itself! Kohli has already scored 39 centuries from 222 one-day matches at an average of more than 59.50. Even in Tests, Virat has amassed 25 hundred in 77 Tests. Due to his incredible consistency across formats, he currently holds the top position in both Tests and ODIs in ICC batsmen rankings. And this incredible consistency is the reason why Sri Lanka’s legend Kumar Sangakkara has made the statement that the 30-year-old Indian is well ahead of his contemporaries and destined for greatness.
“Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today,” Sangakkara told a news channel. “And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever.”
Kohli was clubbed with the likes of Joe Root and Steve Smith as the best batsmen in the world. But he has since left them all behind with his incredible run-scoring ability. ICC also recognized the staggering consistency shown by Virat in 2018 as he became the first player to win the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricketer, Test and ODI player of the year awards last month.