This decade will be written in the name of Kohli Another decade is about to end. Bye-bye, so the current decade of Salamatami is going on. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli will be the first name to look at international cricket. No other batsman has scored more runs in international cricket than he has in the last five years. Kohli is the first batsman in history to score more than 20,000 runs in international cricket in a decade.
When the decade began, Virat Kohli was considered one of the most talented rising stars in world cricket. He has played a total of 4 international matches, the only one with a name. Another couple of days left to end another decade. International cricket has witnessed the emergence of many cricketers in the last 5 years. But if this decade is asked to be expressed in one word, it will surely be the ‘decade of great Kohli’. Who or what has ever shown such authority in a particular decade!
The first name that comes to mind when you sit for salutations at the end of the decade, is Kohli. You have taken yourself to such an elevation in every field of batting, that the word ‘unbelievable’ is bound to come out in the face of the unknown. No batsman has ever had a record of 20,000 runs in a decade in international cricket. Kohli wrote that history fresh. Kohli has scored 25 internationals in eight international matches in 20-24 years. He scored a century. How incredible Kohli’s bat has been for a decade, it can only be understood in one detail. Hashim Amla, who ranks second on the list of the highest run collectors of the decade, is 3 runs short of Kohli!
Joe Root, Ken Williamson, and David Warner are the three batsmen to have scored the most runs in international cricket this decade after Kohli-Amla. Root’s collection is 3 runs, Williamson’s 1 and Warner’s 3 runs. However, in front of the three, there is a chance to extend the run. All three will take to the field in the Boxing Day Test starting tomorrow.
Whatever the version, Kohli’s bat is equally laughable. Kohli has played 5 Tests in the current decade. He scored 122 runs at an average of 1.8. Only two batsmen have scored more than Kohli in Test cricket this decade. Former England Test captain Alastair Cook and current Test captain Joe Root. Cook scored just 5 more runs than Kohli, who played 20 Tests. And Root has only played 5 Tests and scored only 5 runs more.
However, Kohli is at the top of the century. Kohli has scored the highest Test centuries in the decade. Second-placed Steve Smith, of course, has the chance to hit Kohli. Smith, who has two consecutive centuries with 20 centuries, will touch Kohli if he can score a century in the Boxing Day Test starting tomorrow, and if he scores two centuries, he will go to the top.