ICC awards 2012

Kohli voted ODI Cricketer of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 15, 2012

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Virat Kohli won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award, Colombo, September 15, 2012
Virat Kohli scored 1733 runs in 31 ODIs at an average of 66.65 in the judgment period © Associated Press
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Virat Kohli, the India batsman, has been named the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards function in Colombo. He was picked ahead of MS Dhoni, Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara.

During the period under consideration, Kohli played 31 ODIs and scored 1733 runs at an average of 66.65, including eight hundreds and six half-centuries. His highest score was 183, against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

"I think I have tried to keep things as simple as possible and it's worked for me on the field," Kohli said. "This year has been a learning curve along the way from the seniors in the team. It's been an all-round effort and I'm very happy to have won this award.

"It's always nice to be recognised by the ICC, it's a great feeling, and it's the first time I've won one of these awards."

In a year in which Kohli was named India's one-day vice-captain, following a solid tour to Australia, his best innings came in must-win games for India. In Hobart, with India needing to chase down Sri Lanka's target of 321 in 40 overs to stay alive in the Commonwealth Bank Series, Kohli delivered with 133 not out of 86 balls. His unbroken 120-run stand with Suresh Raina came at 13.09 runs an over, and got India home in 36.4 overs. Three matches later, he put in a similar performance during his 183 in the Asia Cup against Pakistan - there India were chasing 330, and his knock came off 148 balls as India won with over two overs to spare. In that period, Kohli scored four centuries and one fifty in five innings.

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Posted by JNReddy on (September 18, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Hearty Congrats Virat!!! We wish you Good Luck to achieve many more awards like this in future. Best Wishes!!!!

Posted by raimu_kaka on (September 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Congrats.. Mr. Cricket..!!!! We are looking next Sachin.. You deserved this trophy..!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Congratulations Kohli and all the best in the future

Posted by Dev81 on (September 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Congrats Virat!! You represent the GenX of Indian cricket (dashing, agile, energetic, a never-say-die-attitude)

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

congrats Virat. We are proud of you. Wish you all the best. from a RCB fan

Posted by Udendra on (September 17, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

I'd give him another award: Most Arrogant player of the year! lol.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 16, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Would love to see this young guys play outside the sub-cont before he retires I think he will do ok. Batting stocks in Ind seem well filled right now, bowlers not so much. End should give him a real test soon, and I fear he may be up to the task.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

HE AND AZAR ALI re players to watch in future

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

he deserved it, his ability to read the game well is second to none. he along with dhoni has really changed the face of indian cricket. from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Congrats --- Deserved this trophy, hope you make use entertain while you bat !! from KARACHI

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