Virat Kohli is the No. 1 batsman in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tests and One-Day International rankings. However, Kohli’s ‘Virat’ list holding the top spot in the ‘Top of the Top’ tables goes far beyond being ICC’s official No. 1 batsman for Tests and One-Day Internationals. Rankings for Tests and ODI are not the only top achievements for Virat Kohli.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has dethroned the Australian Steve Smith atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsmen’s rankings after his spectacular performance at the Edgbaston Test, the 5-match series opener in England.
Out of 436 runs that India managed to score in the two innings, Kohli’s contribution stands at 200 (149 and 51 in the two innings respectively) at an average of 100 runs. This catapulted Kohli to the No. 1 position in the ICC Test rankings – the first Indian batsman to achieve the peak after Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar topped the table in 2011.
The 29-year-old’s Test rating points rose to 934, leaving behind the dethroned Australian captain Steve Smith (929 points). Kohli has also become the country’s highest-ranked batsmen and 14th globally in the all-time ranking charts, surpassing another Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar at the 24th position.
The achievement adds another feather to Kohli’s glittering cap as well as the long No. 1 list he has achieved in the decade-long illustrious international career.
Here is the list of achievements Kohli heads as THE NO. 1 :
THE NO. 1 TEST BATSMAN
Virat Kohli is the No. 1 Test batsman on the official ICC rankings with 934 ranking points, displacing Australian Steven Smith at the top with 200 runs from his two innings in the Edgbaston Test.
THE NO. 1 ODI BATSMAN
Not just Tests, Kohli is also on the top of the perch of the ICC ODI batsmen rankings with 911 rating points ahead of Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam. Among other noted hard-hitting batsmen in the top 10 lists are Joe Root, David Warner, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson along with the compatriots Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
THE NO. 1 RUN MACHINE IN 2017
The versatile Kolhi has been the No. 1 for combined international runs (2818) scored in 2017. Kohli also has the most ODI runs in 2017 by any cricketer, placing him atop the Year-end top-ranked players in ODI in the historical ODI Cricket Rankings by ICC.
LONE CRICKETER IN FORBES TOP 100
Virat Kohli is the lone Indian and the only cricketer in the Forbes 2018 list of world’s highest-paid athletes. Ranked at 84 for his $24 million annual earnings, Kohli is the world’s highest-paid cricketer.
THE NO. 1 CRICKETER ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Virat Kohli’s social media presence has grown supper massive in the recent years. He regularly appears in the top 5 among 100 athletes rankings of sportspersons based on the social media interactions released by Hookit every month. The list reveals that Kohli is the most followed cricketer around the world and also puts him among the likes of other sports celebrities such LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in terms of social media followings and engagements.
THE NO. 1 CELEBRITY BRAND ICON
In 2017, Kohli had dethroned the Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan aka ‘King Khan’ to become India’s No. 1 celebrity brand icon. According to a report by valuation firm Duff & Phelps, Kohli’s brand value was estimated at $144 million, $38 million ahead of King Khan. Kohli has surpassed all the top Bollywood icons of the country and is the lone athlete in the top 10 list.
HIGHEST PAID INDIAN BRAND ICON
Kohli with over ₹ 5 crores per day price tag for commercial appearance is also the highest paid brand icon in India. The top five list include Dhoni, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan in the joint second position for their per day value of ₹ 3.5 crores with badminton princess PV Sindhu in the No. 5 position as the most expensive female brand icon.
LONE INDIAN IN ₹100 CR ENDORSEMENT VALUE CLUB
Virat Kohli is the only Indian to break the ₹100 crore revenue barrier – based on his annual earnings from brand endorsement deals. Kohli managed to rake in ₹100.7 crore in the last year, decline from ₹134.4 crores in 2016, but has still managed to stay in the ₹100 crore berth by a whisker. Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and PV Sindhu are the only other Indian sportspersons to earn more than ₹ 50 crores during the last year.
LONE INDIAN WITH ₹ 100 CR COMMERCIAL DEAL
Year 2017 saw the flamboyant batsmen sign two mega deals with Puma and MRF, each ₹100 crore or above. No other Indian celebrity has achieved the feat till date. The ₹110 crore multi-year deal with German sportswear giant Puma brought Kohli in the Company of Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, and footballers Thierry Henry and Oliver Giroud – the celebrity ambassadors of the brand. The deal also saw the cricketer launch his own apparel brand One8 in partnership with Puma.
Kohli, in June last year, had extended his deal with MRF Tyres to carry the brand name on his bat for eight years for reportedly more than ₹ 100 crores. Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the past had executed ₹ 100 crore agreements with their brand managers. However, none of those deals were with a single brand.