Virat Kohli: This Decade’s Statistical Summary of the Batting Genius

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Recently, ICC Awards of the Decade were announced, and without any doubt, Virat Kohli won the ICC Cricketer of the Decade, as well as the ODI Player of the Decade. He was also named the captain of the ICC Test Team of the Decade and was in both the ODI and the T20 Teams of the Decade.

He quoted his tweet from 10 years ago, in which he said he’s ‘looking forward to scoring runs‘.

In this article, we will celebrate Virat’s success across formats in the last 10 years.

Stats Clearly Above His Peers:

Virat has been simply exceptional this decade, but what’s more fascinating is how ahead he has been when compared to his fellow competitors.

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Most International Runs in the Decade (all formats):
  • Kohli- 20781 runs, average-57, Strike Rate-80
  • Root- 14678 runs, average-49, Strike Rate-67
  • Kane- 14365 runs, average-48, Strike Rate-67
  • Warner- 14212 runs, average-46, Strike Rate-85
  • Amla- 12878 runs, average-46, Strike Rate-85
Most International Centuries in this decade (all formats):
  • Kohli- 66 (430 innings)
  • Warner-43 (332 innings)
  • Amla- 37 (311 innings)
  • Rohit-37 (302 innings)

Captaincy Career:

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Leadership wasn’t a new thing for Virat Kohli as such. He had captained the Indian U-19 side in 2008, also he captained the Delhi domestic side for a season or so. Kohli was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012, he was also the vice-captain in Tests afterwards.

The 2014 Asia Cup was his first important assignment as a captain, though India wasn’t able to win it, it clearly showed that India had a future captain in making. And with no surprise, when Dhoni stepped down from Tests in 2014, Virat was made the captain of the team and he’s currently one of the most successful captains ever in all formats in the modern era.

His win% in Tests is 59%, and the most notable achievement under him has been the Australia Test Series victory in 2018-19.

In 2017, Virat was made the captain of the side in limited-overs too.  In ODIs, he has a win% of 71% which is again one of the best ever. His first ICC Trophy as a captain was the Champions Trophy in 2017. Though India looked good in the league stages, in the finals against Pakistan, except Hardik every batsman looked toothless. As a result, India lost the final.

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Virat was rested for the Asia Cup 2018, hence his second big assignment was definitely the 2019 WC held in England. Again, India was good in the league stages but faltered in the knockout stages. India had lost the semi-final against New Zealand, but here the team was a bit unlucky. The rain on the day of the match made batting very tough, and as a result, the Indian top-order collapsed. Rahul, Rohit and Kohli scored just 1 run each. The middle-order came to the rescue, but India lost the game by just 18 runs. Jadeja and MS Dhoni scored fifties in that match.

A notable achievement in ODIs under Kohli is that, except England, India has won a ODI series against every team overseas. 

In T20Is, he is yet to captain in a big tournament but given his captaincy in T20I bilaterals, he’ll make it big in the biggest stage too. Under Kohli, India has won a T20I series in every country he played in. In T20Is, Kohli has a win% of 66% in T20Is. Amongst Indians, Virat has the best win% as a captain in every format. (For suitable sample size)

Honoured by the ICC

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In the past decade, due to Virat’s batting and his match-winning abilities, he has won many ICC Awards and has been in their playing XIs quite frequently, so let’s take a look at some notable honours by the International Cricket Council.

  • ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018.
  • Test Cricketer of the Year in 2018.
  • Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
  • Man of the Tournament in ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 and 2016.
  • Spirit of Cricket Award in 2019.
  • Included in the ICC Test team of the year in 2017, 2018, 2019. (All as the captain)
  • Included in the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. (As a captain in ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19)
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the Decade
  • ICC Cricketer of the Decade

Statistical Summary

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Records Virat has made this decade:

Tests:
  • Most 100s
  • Most 200s
  • Most 4s among Asian cricketers
  • Best 50 to 100 conversion rate
  • Most hundreds outside Asia (amongst visiting batsmen)
  • Most Test maces as a captain (2nd best overall)
  • Only Asian captain to win a series in Australia
  • Only Asian captain to win a match in Aus, SA, England
  • Most wins as a captain
  • Most matches amongst Asians
  • 2nd most catches amongst Asians
ODIs:
  • Most runs
  • Most 100s
  • Most 50s
  • Most Man of the Matches
  • Most Man of the Series
  • Most fours
  • Most catches as a fielder
  • Most matches
  • Highest average in winning causes
  • Most runs in winning causes
T20Is
  • Most runs
  • Most 50s
  • Highest average in winning causes
  • Most runs in winning causes
  • Most fours
  • 2nd most sixes amongst Asians
  • Most MoM
  • Most MoS
  • 2nd most catches

Virat has clearly dominated the entire decade with his batting and there were very few batsmen who could match his standards. Even after conquering so much, Virat looks unstoppable. How about a few more years of absolute authority?

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