Virat Kohli hundred in a Calendar Year: Would you believe that one of the modern-day legends Virat Kohli hasn't hit even a single hundred in the two-calendar years, but the fact sustains true in the perspective of Run Machine Virat Kohli? Although, it's the first time that King Kohli hasn't scored a hundred in a calendar year since he debuts for the national side. The year already insists interruption to international cricket fixtures from March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another strong reason behind that the Indian skipper played just nine innings throughout the year which seems that an unusual year for Kohli.
India's most consistent and stylish batsman Virat Kohli slammed 43 ODI tons in 242 innings up till now but eventually, the 2020 calendar year was not impressive in terms of hitting one-day international centuries. Meanwhile, the highest came in the 2017 and 2018 calendar year when he hits 6-6 century each. The second highest was back in 2012. Interestingly, he has not been able to reach into triple-figure mark in the two years, do you know, guess what;
2008.....and now in 2020.
Kohli scored 12040 ODI runs in his 251 matches. He averages 59.31 and striking the ball at a decent rate of 93.25 including 43 centuries and 60 half-centuries. He was also the highest run-scorer for India in ODIs for three consecutive calendar years i.e. 2010, 2011, and 2012 and won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award in 2012.
Kohli played some commendable knocks in his exceptional career, as Team India went on to win many series on the back of the formidable batsman. After being given an extended chance, he repaid his faith in the national side by notching up many exemplary knocks in India's successful run-chases. His unconventional bottom-hand technique results in some technical shortcomings with the consistency.
Moreover, Virat Kohli has been nominated for the ICC Player of The Decade award, he has been nominated in 5 different categories of the awards which will be finalized in mid-December. The voting opens for all these awards at 13:00 hours IST on Wednesday, 25th November, and closes at 22:30 hours IST on Wednesday, 16th December.
On the back of Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja & Shardul Thakur's brilliance, India sized the 3rd and final ODI by 13 runs to avoid a series whitewash against Australia on Wednesday. However, Kohli led Team India had lost the ODI series 2-1 in the hands of Aussies. The two teams now will be battling in the three-match T20 series which begins on December 4.
Kohli becomes the fastest to 12000 ODI run-mark in the third ODI against Australia in Canberra. Kohli surpasses the legendary Sachin Tendulkar's record, who got his 12000th run in his 300th inning.
Indian cricket team will now take on Australia in the three-match T20I series which will kick-start from December 4, 2020.