India’s Virat Kohli has been awarded the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2023 for his outstanding performance in the 50-over format, especially at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, where he was the Player of the Tournament.
Kohli scored a staggering 1377 runs in 27 matches in 2023, with an average of 72.47 and a strike rate of 91.76. He hit six hundreds and eight fifties, including three centuries at the World Cup, where he amassed 765 runs in 11 innings, the highest ever by any batter in a single edition of the tournament.
The Former Indian captain also became the first batter to reach 50 ODI centuries, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had 49. Kohli achieved the feat in the semi-final against New Zealand, where he scored a brilliant 117 off 103 balls, sharing a 204-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who made 105.
Kohli’s knock helped India post a mammoth 397 for 6 against New Zealand in the semi-finals, the highest total in a World Cup knockout match.
Kohli also scored 66 in the final against Australia, but it was not enough as Australia lifted their sixth World Cup trophy. Kohli’s dismissal in the 38th over by Glenn Maxwell, triggered a collapse as India.
Kohli, who was visibly emotional after the loss, said he was proud of his team and his own performance. He also thanked his wife Anushka Sharma and his idol Sachin Tendulkar for their support.
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