Virat Kohli lived up to the tag of India’s best batsman with a record-breaking year as he averaged over 70 in all three forms of the game.
Virat Kohli’s year has finally come to an end. Yes, 2016 was Kohli’s year in case you haven’t noticed by now. Even before the year started, Kohli was named as a run-machine and rated as one of the best batsman in the world of cricket along with Australia captain Steve Smith, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and England’s Joe Root.
This year Kohli clearly proved to be the best of the lot. Seldom has anyone ever seen a batsman dominate world cricket like he has done. Kohli treated himself to 2,595 runs in 41 international innings this year to go along with 973 runs in the Indian Premier League.
On top of that, he lead the Indian Test team to series wins against West Indies, New Zealand and England and he single-handedly powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the IPL this season.
Virat Kohli’s record in 2016:
List of records for Kohli in 2016
Fastest to 25 ODI tons
– Fastest to 7,500 ODI runs
– Equals Sachin Tendulkar‘s (14) record of most hundreds in successful run chases
– Most runs in IPL in a single season
– Most hundreds in IPL in a year
– Only Indian Test captain to score three double hundreds
– Third player to score three double hundreds in a calendar year after Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting
– First Indian captain to register nine Test wins in a calendar year
– First Indian captain to register five successive Test series wins
– First Indian to aggregate over 1000 Test runs in a calendar year since Rahul Dravid, who made 1145 runs in 2011
Those were his numbers and achievements in 2016. Now let’s take a look at how and where he got them.
INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA
Virat Kohli: 5 ODIs, 381 runs at 76.20
The year started for Kohli with the tour of Australia where India played five ODIs and three T20Is altogether. Kohli hammered 381 runs in five ODIs at an average of 76.20 with two hundreds and as many half- hundreds. India lost the ODI series 1-4 but Kohli emerged as the second highest run-scorer in the series behind Rohit Sharma, who scored 441 runs at 110.25 with two hundreds and a highest score of 171 not out.
The T20I series followed in which Kohli once again showed his skills and slammed 199 runs in three matches to end up as the highest run-scorer from either side. He had scores of 90*, 59* and 50 in the series as India whitewashed Australia 3-0.
ASIA CUP, BANGLADESH
Virat Kohli: 5 T20Is, 153 runs at 76.50
Virat Kohli took a genuinely necessary break by skipping the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka and headed straight to the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Kohli continued from where he had left off in Australia by hammering 153 runs in five T20Is at 76.50 with one half-century as India secured the title by beating the hosts in the final by 8 wickets.
WORLD T20, INDIA
Virat Kohli: 5 T20Is, 273 runs at 136.50
Virat Kohli registered scores of 23, 55*, 24, 82*, 89* in the five games that India played in the World T20 and single-handedly beat the team through to the semi-finals by playing one of the best T20I knocks in the final Super 10 match against Australia at Mohali. He terminated in the semi-final as well against the West Indies but an outstanding knock by Lendl Simmons at the Wankhede saw India lose the match by 7 wickets and crash out of the tournament.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2016
Virat Kohli: 16 T20s, 973 runs
No other player in the history of the IPL has scored more runs or hundreds as Kohli made this year. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper hammered a record 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08. He scored four hundreds in the tournament which is the most by any batsman in a single season. RCB though, couldn’t defeat the final hurdle and lost to David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the summit conflict.
INDIA TOUR OF WEST INDIES
Virat Kohli: 4 Tests, 251 runs at 62.75
Test captain Virat Kohli’s first assignment abroad was the four-Test series against West Indies in July this year. Kohli started the series with a blast and hammered his maiden double century in Test cricket in the first Test at Antigua and guided his team to victory by an innings and 92 runs. The 28-year-old in any case, couldn’t score much in the remaining three matches but he made sure that his form doesn’t affect India’s chances of victory as led the team to a 2-0 series win in the Caribbean. Even after failing to score more than 44 in the remaining three Tests, Kohli ended up being the highest-scorer from either side all because of his double century.
NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF INDIA
Virat Kohli: 3 Tests, 309 runs at 51.50; 5 ODIs, 358 runs at 119.33
Before the New Zealand series, questions were being raised at Virat Kohli for not being able to score runs on home soil. Kohli neglected to get going in the first Test at Kanpur scoring just 9 and 18 runs in two innings. In the following match in Kolkata, Kohli again got out on 9 but managed 45 in the second innings. Then came the Indore Test and Kohli slammed 211 to become the first Indian captain in Test history to score two double hundreds in a calendar year. Kohli finished the series with 309 runs and as the third highest-scorer after Cheteshwar Pujara (373) and Ajinkya Rahane (347). India sweeped the series 3-0 to register its second successive Test series win in 2016.
The five-match ODI series was up next and Kohli just gone ahead with his form and scored 358 runs in five matches with one hundred and two half-centuries to finish the series as the highest run-scorer. The exciting five-match series ended in 3-2 in India’s favour.
ENGLAND TOUR OF INDIA
Virat Kohli: 5 Tests, 655 runs at 109.16
If there was one team which has troubled Kohli in the past, it’s been England. And so it was very important for him to put the ghosts of the 2014 tour to England behind him and start fresh in the five-match Test series at home. As a captain and as a batsman Kohli was almost flawless in the series. He scored 655 runs in five games including a highest score of 235 and became only the third player after Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting to score three double hundreds in a calendar year. Kohli had scores of 40, 49*, 167, 81, 62, 6*, 235 and 15 throughout the series as India won 4-0. It was the fifth successive series win for captain Kohli and the third for India this year.
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