Virat Kohli is on the way to becoming one of the legends of the game. And 2016 can be safely called the year of Kohli as he has surpassed everyone with his batting and captaincy exploits. With three Tests still to go before the end of 2016, Kohli has walked into the record books with his batting across all formats this year. Cricwizz takes a look at five reasons that make 2016 the year of Kohli. Have a look. (Note: The statistics are till Nov 24, 2016).
Averages best in Test cricket in 2016: Among Test cricketers who have scored at least 800 runs in 2016, Virat Kohli averages the best – 69.00. The next best batting average is 65.84 by Jonny Bairstow. Kohli has scored 897 runs with 3 tons and one fifty in 9 Tests in 2016. Here’s the list of best Test batsmen in terms of batting average in 2016. (Note: Minimum 800 runs)
Averages best in ODI cricket in 2016: Kohli enjoys a Bradmanesque batting average in ODIs this year. His batting average in 2016 in ODIs is 92.37. The next best batting average among players who have scored at least 700 runs this year is 61.91 by Alex Hales of England. Here’s the list of best ODI batsmen in 2016 in terms of batting average. (Note: Minimum 700 runs)
|Quinton de Kock||South Africa||57.13||857||17|
Averages best in T20Is in 2016: In T20Is this year, Kohli tops all the batting charts. He averages a whopping 106.83 in 15 T20Is. He has scored 641 runs with 7 fifties, outsmarting everyone in this format. He also enjoys a strike rate of 140.26 in T20Is this year. Here’s the list of top run-getters in 2016 in T20Is.
Unbeaten captaincy record in Test cricket in 2016: Kohli has led India in 9 Tests so far and has remain unbeaten throughout. He has won 6 and drawn 3. He has still three Tests to go before the year comes to an end and Kohli would look to maintain this unbeaten record.
Highest run-getter in IPL 2016: Kohli broke Chris Gayle’s record of most runs in a single IPL edition in this year’s tournament when he amassed 973 runs @ 81.08 in 16 T20Is. He also scored 4 IPL centuries this year. And he also led Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the 2016 IPL and lost narrowly to eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.