Not many cricketers can match Virat Kohli – Sir Garfield Sobers
Sir Garfield Sobers, the legendary cricketer from Windies hailed Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli as the latter sweep the ICC Award 2018, yesterday. Kohli won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018. Meanwhile, he became the first player in history to win all three awards in a single year. In addition to, ICC also named him the skipper of the Test and the ODI team of the year.
Garfield Sobers seemed extremely delighted to hear the news of Virat Kohli retaining the trophy. Praising the India skipper, Sobers admitted that not many cricketers could match his ability. The talismanic cricketer had a sublime time with the bat in 2018 scoring 1,322 Test runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 matches with five centuries during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he registered 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is through the year.
“You have made my day with the great news,” Sobers said to mid.day. “He is a great player and there are not many cricketers around who can match his ability. As a captain too, he is very intelligent. He deserved this award. Kohli is a great human being, a wonderful person. I met him once in Trinidad. My heartiest congratulations to him,” he added.
Sobers thankful towards ICC
The 82-year-old Garfield Sobers, who represented Windies in 93 Tests thanked the apex body for naming the trophy on him. He boasted a career average of over 50 and one of the most sought after cricketers during Windies’ golden era.
Speaking on the trophy named after him, Garfield also stated that he has no problem if ICC wish to change the name of the trophy in future.
“I am thankful to the ICC for naming the trophy after me. I am not sure whether they would continue to name the trophy, but if they wish to change it in future, I have no issues with it. They are entitled to do so if they wish. I am thankful to those who suggested my name be associated with the trophy,” he concluded.