ICC awards 2012 September 15, 2012

Kohli voted ODI Cricketer of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Jana 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!!!!

  • Raimu on September 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Congratulations Kohli and all the best in the future

  • Devjeet on September 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

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

  • yogi on September 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT

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

  • udendra on September 17, 2012, 5:34 GMT

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

  • Mathew 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    HE AND AZAR ALI re players to watch in future

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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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