Indian captain Virat Kohli deservedly became the recipient of Sir Garfield Sobers Award, rewarded by the ICC for the male cricketer of the decade. Virat Kohli, who made his international debut in 2008, has gone on to become one of the best batsmen across formats of the modern era. The right-handed batsman named his three best moments from the past decade as it is on the brink of a close.
At present, Virat Kohli is on paternity leave as he is expecting the birth of his first child in January. The 32-year old had to leave Australia on a forgettable note as India lost the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets under his leadership. The tourists also recorded their lowest Test total as Kohli departed for 4 in the process. The year also ended for Kohli without any international hundred.
Virat Kohli underlined that it’s an absolute honour to receive the award and highlighted that winning the World Cup in 2011, Champions Trophy in 2013, and the Test series in Australia in 2018. Kohli claimed that he holds three aforementioned moments close to his heart.
“Firstly, it’s a great honour for me to receive this award. The moments that I hold the closest to my heart in the last decade definitely has to be the World Cup win in 2011, the Champions Trophy win in 2013, and winning the Test series in Australia in 2018. These are moments I hold dearly in my heart,” Kohli said in a video interview.
I won’t mention the personal knocks so much because I have to rate them: Virat Kohli
At the same time, Virat Kohli mentioned that there are several other matches and innings over the decade that are close to him. However, he dislikes rating them since all the knocks are equally crucial in his eyes and that it’s been an honour to represent the national team and get the award.
“Apart from that also, there have been very special games for Team India over the last decade and for me too. I won’t mention the personal knocks so much because I have to rate them and I don’t like doing that because for me, every game played for India is as crucial and important so it’s been an honour to be able to go out there and perform for my team and it’s a great honour to win this award,” he added.