India captain Virat Kohli was selected in the top 5 list of Cricketers of the Decade by the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac. Along with Kohli, South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia’s Steve Smith and women’s all-rounder Ellyse Perry and found a place in the list of Five Cricketers of the Decade.
Virat Kohli has scored 5775 more international runs than anyone else in the last 10 years, has arguably been the best batsman over the last decade. He was 31-year-old Indian Cricketer who named captain of the Wisden Test team of the decade, while also featuring in the ODI XI.
Wisden reports that “Kohli is mastermind has been to growing against the challenge. Between the end of England tour in 2014 and the second Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata in November, Kohli averaged 63 with 21 centuries and 13 fifties.”
He is the only batsman to average at least 50 in all three international formats. Even Steve Smith was moved to comment that there is no one quite like him (Virat Kohli)”.
“After the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and the gradual disappearing of MS Dhoni, no cricketer has worked under such daily pressure as Virat Kohli”.
In the past decade, Kohli has scored 7202 runs in Tests including 27centuries, while in this shorter format the Indian Skipper has amassed 11125 runs in ODIs and 2633 runs in T20s.
In 2019, Kohli scored 2379 runs at an average of 64.05 in all formats. It was the fourth successive time that he aggregated 2000+ runs in a calendar year.
Virat Kohli is third in the list of leading run-scorers of all time with 21444 runs, behind Ricky Ponting (27483) and Sachin Tendulkar (34357).
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