Where no one has reached, Virat Kohli reached there in the year 2023! (Photo: AFP)
What did Virat Kohli achieve in the year 2023? If we sit down to answer this question, the list will be quite long. So in short and in very few words, just know that what he found was discussed even in Pakistan. Babar Azam cannot even think of doing what he did. Virat Kohli ended a big debate in the year 2023. In this year’s Mahabharata of Cricket, he has told the whole world that at present he is the greatest master of this game and no one else is greater than him.
Now if you are thinking that these are just empty talks. So sir, it is not at all like that. Would anyone like to agree with the great avatar of Kohli that has been seen in the year 2023? From the runs he scored to the centuries he scored this year. From his average to his ability to win matches. In every respect, Virat has proved himself to be the true gold of the cricket world in the year 2023.
Virat Kohli ends the big debate in the year 2023!
Now let us first talk about the big debate which he has put an end to forever this year. Actually, in world cricket, people had a lot of confusion about Virat and Babar. Some people used to say that Virat is the best and some believed that Babar Azam is more perfect than him. Although Virat and Babar should not be compared, still this debate was heard every now and then in public as to who is better among the two?
In the year 2023, the world got the answer to this big question. Be it Test, ODI or T20I, Virat Kohli has made his name famous in all three formats of cricket and forced the world to believe that he is above Babar Azam. Look at these figures.
Told the world the difference between Babar Azam and himself!
Virat Kohli has scored runs at an average above 50 in both Test and ODI formats this year and he is the only batsman not only in India but also in the world to do so. Virat has scored 557 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 55.7, which includes 2 centuries. He is the highest run scorer for India in Tests this year. Whereas Babar Azam’s test average is only 25.7 and he has only 127 runs in his name. Meaning, forget the century.
Similarly, Virat Kohli’s ODI average is 72.47. With this average, he has scored 1377 runs with 6 centuries in 24 ODIs. He is the batsman who has scored the most ODI centuries in the world this year. Babar Azam has scored 1065 runs in ODIs this year at an average of 46.3. Like Virat, he has also played 24 ODIs but has scored only 2 centuries.
Babar Azam’s runs in T20I in the year 2023 may be more than Virat Kohli’s. Babar has scored 913 runs while Virat has only 639 runs. But then it also has to be seen that Virat has scored these runs in only 14 T20I matches whereas Babar Azam has played 23 T20Is.
Virat Kohli also achieved this very well
Apart from telling the difference between Babar Azam and himself, Virat Kohli also achieved a lot in the year 2023. Like he was the most viewed Asian celebrity on Wikipedia page this year. He is the only cricketer among the people selected by Outlook Business to bring change in the year 2023. But, these are his achievements which do not have direct connection with the cricket field. But indirectly they are related to cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar’s words were kept, Virat broke the record
This year, Virat Kohli also made true what Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar had said after his retirement in 2013. Sachin had said that he would love if Virat-Rohit break his record of centuries. The record of 100 international centuries is still 20 centuries away but Virat has definitely broken Sachin’s world record of 49 centuries in ODIs. He has now scored 50 ODI centuries and is the only one in world cricket to do so.
With his 50th ODI century, Virat Kohli also became the highest run scorer in the World Cup played on Indian soil this time. He scored 765 runs in 11 matches and won the title of Player of the Tournament.
The explosion is yet to come in the year 2023!
Virat Kohli will still have one more match before the end of the year 2023. This will be the first match of the Test series against South Africa starting from 26th December. Virat will try to end the year 2023 with his 81st international century. They will have 2 innings to do this. If he scores centuries in both the innings, it will be icing on the cake. Because, in the year 2023, Virat will again score 10 international centuries.