Virat Kohli won the ICC ODI Player of the Year for the 4th time, the previous being in 2012, 2017, and 2018.
Virat Kohli has now become the first cricketer ever to secure the ICC ODI Player of the Year award four times
For an unprecedented fourth time, India's batting sensation, Virat Kohli, secured the ICC ODI Player of the Year award, a recognition earned through his record-breaking performance at the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023. Kohli had previously claimed this award in 2012, 2017, and 2018. In a tribute to Kohli's iconic year of 2023, Star Sports shared a video highlighting key moments of the batter the previous year.
The shared video showcases Kohli achieving his 50th ODI century and celebrating the milestone. Notably, the footage captures a poignant moment where he bows down to the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who was present in the stands during the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand at Wankhede. This century marked Kohli's third at the World Cup.
He was congratulated in the video that was captioned, "A stellar year, where #KingKohli further established his GOAT credentials, ended with the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year Award! Congratulations, legend! Hope to see you in action at the #2024T20WorldCup, coming soon!"
Soon enough, it quickly went viral, with fans affectionately dubbing him the 'GOAT' (Greatest Of All Time).
Notably, Kohli has now become the first cricketer ever to secure the ICC ODI Player of the Year award four times, surpassing AB de Villiers' tally of three. Kohli's exceptional comeback in 2022 set the stage for a spectacular 2023, where he reached peak form in ODIs.
In his remarkable resurgence during 2023, Kohli amassed 2,048 runs in 36 international innings. He emerged as the leading run-scorer in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, smashing 765 runs—the highest ever scored by an individual batter at a men’s Cricket World Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's previous record set in 2003. He was even rewarded with a Player of the Tournament for his performance at the World Cup.
The 35-year-old star smashed eight centuries across formats in 2023, surpassing the leading run-getter, Shubman Gill, by one century. Kohli and Gill were the only cricketers to breach the 2,000-run mark in international cricket, with Gill dominating ODIs by amassing an impressive 1584 runs.