This year may have been terrible in many ways for a lot of us, but I'm sure Virat Kohli isn't complaining. He has indeed had a fantastic 2016, and the numbers speak for themselves! The reason why I'm writing this post is because I was just very curious about what the numbers have to say about Kohli's nearly perfect 2016 and his career in general. So I went on looking online for the various statistics, and they were SO phenomenal. Moreover, from looking up his 2016 success online, I ended up getting stats about his career itself, and my jaw kept dropping even lower and lower every single time. So I thought to myself "Why not just share these thoughts I have on Kohli's career thus far in a post on my good ol' blog?" I have not published many cricket-related posts on the blog off late, so this comes at a good time for the page. It's my first time dealing with stats and numbers, so feel free to let me know your feedback on this post. Here we go!
The Unstoppable Force
What truly makes Virat Kohli the incredible batsman he is, is undoubtedly his consistency. This is still a very early stage in his career, but the amount of milestones he has achieved at this young age makes him an inspiration for one and all. The comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar are inevitable, and he may just be the very best thing we are witnessing currently in modern-day cricket.
Here is the summary of all his stats just to give you an idea of how incredible he truly is.
- Kohli has scored 14 Test centuries. The first 7 centuries range between scores of 103 and 115. Out of his last 7 centuries, all but 1 of them have been above 140, including two 200+ scores.
- 6 of those have come against Australia on their home soil.
- 9 of those have been scored overseas.
- In 2016, he holds a Test average of 69.00, from 9 matches, scoring 897 runs. 2016 being his best year in terms of runs and average, as well as top score (211) - his previous best year being 2013 in terms of average (56.00), and 2014 in terms of runs scored and best score (847 runs, best score of 169).
- He has captained the Test side in 18 matches, winning 10, drawing 6, and only losing 2 of them.
- He averages 59.76 as captain of the Test side.
- He is the first player in Test history to score 3 centuries in his first 3 innings as Test captain.
- He is also the first Indian captain to make a double ton overseas, and to have scored two 200+ scores.
- As of now, Kohli has scored 3891 Test runs, at an average of 48.03 from 86 innings in 50 matches.
- He has scored 26 ODI centuries, the highest for an active player, and 4th highest overall, behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), and Sanath Jayasuriya (29). Was the fastest in the world to reach 25 centuries.
- In 2016, he holds an ODI average of 92.37, from 10 matches, scoring 739 runs,
- Only 4 of those centuries have come in a losing cause - 22 of them have won India the game.
- 14 of them have come in successful chases (i.e. India fielding first and winning)
- In successful chases, he averages 90.10, with 14 tons and 15 fifties.
- If one takes all the times he has played the 4th match of a series, he averages 80.30 in those 18 innings he has played.
- Kohli currently holds the record for the fastest ODI century by an Indian, for his 100* from 52 balls against Australia in Jaipur in October 2013.
- As of now, Kohli has scored 7570 ODI runs, at an average of 52.93 from 168 innings in 176 matches.
- Kohli is the fastest in the world to reach 1000 runs in T20Is.
- He is yet to score a century in T20Is, but he has made his best of 90* against Australia in 2016.
- As of now, Kohli has scored 1657 runs, at an average of 57.13 from 41 innings.