India’s Test captain Virat Kohli on 27 December 2016 was named Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year.
Kohli was earlier also picked as the Captain of the ICC’s ODI team of the year.
Cricket Australia stated that Kohli played only 10 one-day matches in 2016; however, he underlined his status as one of the best in the 50-over format. He scored back-to-back centuries against Australia in January 2016 and then a 154 against New Zealand, which was more than half of his team's total. At present, he averages an incredible 90.10 in 59 successful run chases for India.
Cricket Australia’s ODI Team of Year:
- Virat Kohli (India, Captain)
- Quinton de Kock (South Africa, Wicket Keeper)
- Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
- Imran Tahir (South Africa)
About Virat Kohli
- Virat Kohli is India’s right-handed batsman.
- He was ranked 8th in ESPN's list of world's most famous athletes in 2016.
- In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- He made his first-class debut in 2006.
- He captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia.
- He made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19.
- He made his Test debut in 2011.
- In 2013, he acquired the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time.
- He won the Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2014 and 2016).
- Kohli is the only batsman in the world to average more than 50 across all formats of the game.
- After Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Test retirement in 2014, Kohli was handed over the Test captaincy.
- In 2013, he was honoured with the Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in international cricket.