Mumbai: India’s captain Virat Kohli on Monday won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ‘ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade’. Over the past decade, Kohli’s incredible record in all three formats helped him win top honors at the ICC Awards.
The International Cricket Council made the announcement through its official Twitter handle, which earned the honor over Kohli, who bestowed 66 of his 70 international centuries into the ‘ICC Awards’ period.
The incredible Virat Kohli wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2020
In the same period, Kohli was also the batsman with the highest average of 56.97 among players who played more than 70 innings apart from the highest half-century – 94, the most runs – 20396.
On Sunday, Kohli was appointed the captain of the ‘ICC Men’s Test Team of the Decade’. With this big honor, Kohli has once again stamped his former talent in world cricket. Apart from being named as the captain of the Test team, the right-handed batsman is the only player in the world to have been voted the teams of the decade in all formats.
Speaking after receiving the award, the 32-year-old said: “It is a great honor for me to receive this award first. Moments that have been closest to my heart in the last decade have definitely won the World Cup in 2011, the Champions Trophy in 2013, and the series in Australia in 2018. I settle them in my heart.”
“My only aim was to make a winning contribution for the team and I try to do it in every game. The figures are just the result of what you want to do on the field,” he said.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Steve Smith won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was named the T20I Cricketer of the Decade.
MS Dhoni was given the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for having recalled Ian Bell in Nottingham in 2011 following a dramatic run-out.