Virat Kohli has added another feather to his cap. The Team India captain has been honoured as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for year 2016. This comes like a perfect icing on a fruitful season for Kohli, which saw the batting genius slam double centuries in four consecutive Test series and amass 1,215 runs at a stupendous average of 75.93. In 10 ODI appearances he aggregated 739 runs at 92.37, and his average in T20 International stood at at 106.83.
This success has also set the brand market for Kohli on fire as he surged ahead of the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and his former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to charge a per day fee of Rs 5 crore rupee for brand endorsements.
Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them have come closer to the Indian captain’s average. “Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree,” Wisden announced.
Owing to his phenomenal run with the bat, Kohli had won the prestigious ‘Polly Umrigar award’ presented to the ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ at the BCCI Annual Awards.
Kohli is the third Indian to win the honour. Virender Sehwag has been the Wisden Cricketer of the Year for two successive years (2008-2009) and Tendulkar once in 2010.