Virat Kohli at the ICC Awards 2020
Virat Kohli was announced the winner of two awards by the International Cricket Council on Monday – ICC ODI Men’s Cricketer of the Decade and ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade. The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcement via twitter, bestowing the honor on Kohli, who scored 66 out of his 70 international hundreds, in the “ICC Awards” period.
The Indian cricket captain earned the ODI Cricketer of the Decade award for his prolific record in 50-over format. He was competing for the award alongside the former skipper MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Aswin, Joe Root and Steve Smith amongst others.
The Indian captain has also won the Sir Garfield Sobers ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade Award. The 32-year-old has scored 20,396 runs at an average of 56.97 with more than 70-plus innings. The cricketer has the record of 66 centuries and 94 fifties during the period.
“Firstly, it’s a great honor for me to receive this award. The moments I hold closest to my heart in the last decade definitely has to be the World Cup win in 2011, the Champions Trophy win in 2013 and winning the series in Australia in 2018. For me, every game played for India is as important and as crucial. It has just been an honor for me to go out there and perform for my team and for my country and it is a great honor for me to win this award,” Kohli told BCCI after winning the award.