Virat Kohli's reign of dominance over the world cricket in 2018

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 25, 2018, 06.38 PM(IST)

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Top-ranked in both the Test and one-day internationals, Kohli in 2018 was especially dominating in the 50-over format with a 133-plus average. 

Virat Kohli, the number one batsman, smashed 11 international centuries, including six in one-dayers in 2018, to underline why he is considered one of the best batsman of his era. 

Top-ranked in both the Test and one-day internationals, Kohli in 2018 was especially dominating in the 50-over format with a 133-plus average

India’s fifth and final ODI against Windies was Kohli's LAST 50-over game of the year. He was at the crease after making unbeaten 33 when the game was won. 

Apart from it, Kohli has produced some exceptional feats in 2018. 

In ODIs, Kohli has scored 1202 runs at an average of 133.55 in 14 innings this year. In Tests, so far, Kohli has scored 1240 runs in 12 games at an average of 56.36.

In the 50-over format, only two more batsmen – Rohit Sharma (1030 in 19 innings) and Jonny Bairstow (1025 in 22 innings) - have crossed 1000 runs in 2018.

No one has scored more hundreds than Kohli’s six. Rohit with five is at number two on the list.  

Kohli is also amongst the five batsmen who have faced the least proportion of dot balls in ODI cricket in 2018. His dot-ball percentage of 41.81% is the fourth-lowest after Kevin O’Brien (34.96%), Thisara Perera (36.49%) and Ross Taylor (38.81%). 

Kohli was the leading run-scorer with the highest average in South Africa and against West Indies at home. Only Joe Root scored more runs than him in the ODI series in England.

 Kohli also notched up his 38th century and became the first Indian to score three consecutive centuries (against Windies) in One-day Internationals (ODI).  Other than him, only three other batsmen have scored three consecutive hundreds in a bilateral series - Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas (against India), Quinton de Kock of South Africa (against India) and Babar Azam of Pakistan (against the West Indies).

 He also surpassed batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to reach 10,000 ODI runs.

 This year, Kohli also became the fastest to reach 1000-run milestone in a calendar year after he hit an unbeaten 157 against West Indies at Vizag on October 24. He achieved the feat in 11 innings. He broke the record (15 innings) held jointly by him and Hashim Amla.

With such numbers, one thing is sure that Kohli has played a dominant inning this year and promises to play more such in coming days, keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup.