Kohli was also picked for the ODI Cricketer of the Decade award.
Congratulations to #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli on bagging the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of… https://t.co/3pPswCj4V3
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1609145389000
Former India skipper MS Dhoni won the ‘ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade’, chosen by fans for his gesture of calling back England batsman Ian Bell after a bizarre run out in the Nottingham Test in 2011.
🇮🇳 MS DHONI wins the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade 👏👏The former India captain was chosen by fans unan… https://t.co/g3i4AMYcTs
— ICC (@ICC) 1609145329000
The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the announcements via twitter, bestowing the top honours on Kohli, who scored 66 out of his 70 international hundreds, in the “ICC Awards” period.
My mindset has been to give my heart & soul for the team: @imVkohli For what has been a sensational career so far… https://t.co/5ZScLQMgUP
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1609145591000
In the same period, he was also the batsman with most fifties (94), most runs (20396) besides having the maximum average (56.97) among players with 70 plus innings.
Overall, the 32-year-old has amassed 12040 runs in ODIs, 7318 runs in Tests and 2928 runs in T20 Internationals, averaging more than 50 across formats. Kohli was also part of the World Cup-winning India squad in 2011, something he will cherish for life.
“Firstly, it’s a great honour for me to receive this award. The moments I hold closest to my heart in the last decade definitely has to be the World Cup win in 2011, the Champions Trophy win in 2013 and winning the series in Australia in 2018,” said Kohli in a statement.
The incredible Virat Kohli wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade 🙌🏏 Most runs i… https://t.co/yAU3NGkAtc
— ICC (@ICC) 1609145083000
On being also named the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli added: “ODI cricket is something that I took to very early. I came to the ODI team first and then, I made my Test debut a couple of years later.
“So, I got the understanding of my game pretty soon, pretty early. And as I mentioned before, my only intention and mindset was to make winning contributions for the team and I just tried to do every game that I play.
“I never focussed on stats and numbers along the journey at all and those things just become the by-product of what you do on the field and those for me, just end up being milestones that you cross on the way to the path to victory.”
“My only intention was to make winning contributions for the team and I just strive to do that in every game. Stats… https://t.co/xzNOZzE7Jh
— ICC (@ICC) 1609144688000
For the ODI honour, Kohli was the only player with 10,000 plus runs in the “ICC Awards” period including 39 hundreds and 48 fifties at an average of 61.83.
🇮🇳 VIRAT KOHLI is the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade 👏👏🔝 Only player with 10,000-plus ODI runs in the… https://t.co/rm49yfz8wM
— ICC (@ICC) 1609144525000
The world governing body named Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith the Test Cricketer of the Decade and Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as the T20 Cricketer of the Decade.
🇦🇺 “Making my debut for Australia in ODI cricket was an incredibly special experience, sharing it with the players… https://t.co/qlzPP4PE8E
— ICC (@ICC) 1609148182000
Australia’s Elysse Perry swept the women’s awards, securing the ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade honours alongside ODI and T20 Cricketers of the Decade award.