The year of Virat Kohli – 2016

Virat Kohli has led from the front in 2016 be it with the bat or with his leadership skills as captain.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:December 11, 2016 7:40 pm
Virat Kohli, Kohli, Virat Kohli 2016, Kohli 2016 runs, Kohli 2016 record, India cricket team, India Virat Kohli, Kohli runs, Kohli captaincy record, cricket news, sports news Virat Kohli has taken his average in all formats of the game beyond 50 this year. (Express photo by Kevin DSouza)

Let’s have a quick look at the numbers. Virat Kohli has played 36 international matches in 2016 and scored 2580 runs from 40 innings. That is at an average of 88.96 with seven centuries during this period and 13 half centuries. He’s bagged 8 man of the match honours and two man of the series in this period.

If for one moment, one questions the numbers based on the opponent then that can be quickly quashed too. He’s featured against Australia in a five-match ODI series down under, three T20Is that followed; T20s in Sri Lanka; Asia Cup; World T20; Test series against West Indies and most recently series against New Zealand comprising Tests and ODIs with the recent England Test series wrapping up the year.

If we take a close look at Kohli’s stats, nearly 20% of his career runs have come just this year. His highest overall score of 235 runs has come this year and nearly fifth of his centuries have been scored this year.

Against England, in the fourth Test at the Wankhede, Kohli thundered his third Test double ton – all coming this year and most for an Indian captain. First of them came against West Indies when he scored 200, he bettered that to score 211 against New Zealand and now went even better to get 235 on Sunday.

Away from his prowess with the willow, Kohli has gone strength-to-strength as the team leader. He led India to series win in West Indies and became the first Indian skipper to win two Tests in the former cricketing force. At home, Kohli-led India swept aside New Zealand for a whitewash and now against England, another series win looks to be a prospect with the home side already up 2-0.

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