In a testament to his global popularity, Virat Kohli claims the title of the ‘most searched cricketer’ in Google’s 25-year history, surpassing iconic names like Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. Kohli’s reach extends beyond cricket, evident in an interaction with Brazilian football legend Ronaldo, where Kohli’s name drew a blank. Despite this, the Indian captain’s cricket prowess is undeniable, and his international appeal stands as a testament to his sporting influence.
Post the 2022 T20 World Cup, speculations arose about Kohli and Rohit Sharma being phased out of the format. However, recent developments indicate otherwise, with both players included in India’s last T20I series before the 2024 T20 World Cup. According to reports, BCCI selectors engaged in discussions with Kohli, emphasizing his continued role in the shortest format. The interaction, led by BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar, occurred during a meeting in Cape Town, marking the selectors’ commitment to Kohli’s T20 future.
Kohli’s cricket statistics speak volumes about his impact, boasting a tally of 4008 runs in 115 matches at an average of 52.73 and a strike rate of 137.96. Recent achievements include becoming the first batter to score 2000 runs in seven different calendar years. Despite India’s defeat in the 1st Test against South Africa, Kohli’s resilient performance showcased his commitment and ability to stand out even in challenging conditions.
As debates about Kohli’s future circulated, the recent series selection and selectors’ discussions solidify his pivotal role in India’s T20 plans. Kohli’s unwavering commitment to the game, coupled with his global recognition, cements his status as not just a cricketing maestro but a sporting icon transcending borders.