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Outstanding Kohli declared Player of the Tournament

6th Dec, 2022
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India’s top-order batsman Virat Kohli was deservingly awarded the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance in the ICC World Twenty20 2016 that concluded at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

This is the second successive time Kohli has won the prestigious award, after being named the Player of the Tournament (2014) in Bangladesh following his 319 runs which helped India reach the final.

The 27-year-old batted in five innings in the tournament, scoring a total of 273 at an average of 136.50 with a strike-rate of just under 147. He scored 23 against New Zealand, 55 not out against Pakistan, 24 against Bangladesh, 82 not out against Australia and 89 not out against the West Indies in the second semi-final.

Kohli was the unanimous choice of a select group of former cricket stars and highly respected commentators following his sensational form in tournament, which helped India reach the semi-finals.

Reacting to the announcement, Kohli said, “Although I’m disappointed that we were not able to make it through to the final and win the ICC World Twenty20 title on home soil, I’m proud to be named player of the tournament.

“As a team, we have all loved the experience of playing in this event in front of big, passionate home crowds and I'm pleased the tournament in India has been successfully staged.

“And I'd like to add my congratulations to the West Indies men’s and women’s squads for their successes.”

Kohli is the fifth man named as the Player of the Tournament at an ICC World Twenty20 event. Previous winners include Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (2007), Shahid Afridi of Pakistan (2009), Kevin Pietersen of England (2010) and Australia’s Shane Watson (2012).