Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli received the Polly Umrigar Award for best international cricketer for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons on Tuesday at the annual BCCI awards in Bengaluru.
Kohli’s phenomenal form for two consecutive season led to him being adjudged the best international cricketer. Leading Team India, Kohli has constantly been setting and breaking records.
Since the start of 2016 season, Kohli has played 134 competitive matches and scoring 8545 runs across formats, including the Indian Premier League.
In the 2016-17 season. Kohli amassed 1332 runs in 13 Tests at a phenomenal average of 74, while he averaged 84.22 for his 1516 runs in 27 ODIs during the period. In the six Tests played in the 2017-18 seasons, Kohli scored 896 runs at an average of 89.6, while ODI average stands at 75.50.
Kohli was presented with the award by national coach Ravi Shastri in Bengaluru in presence of his actress wife Anushka Sharma and immediately after picking the trophy, he said that her presence makes the award more special.
“My wife’s here today so makes it more special. The awards didn’t happen last year but I’m glad it didn’t because she’s here now,” Kohli said on the stage.
Anushka came back to Mumbai only a week away after getting done with her busy move scheduling.
Soon after landing in Mumbai, Kohli and Anushka were seen at a gym working out together. Kohli shared his excitement of having his wife by his side as he continues to recover from the neck injury he sustained during the IPL 2018.
After having to cancel his schedule to play for Surrey in the English county, all of Kohli’s concentration has been on getting ready for India’s tour of England.
As she shared his happiness with his fans of having Anushka by his side, he said, “Training together makes it even better!”