Imran Khan beats Virat Kohli in ICC poll
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has edged past the current India captain Virat Kohli in a Twitter poll conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The intention of the poll by the ICC was to seek the opinion of the public regarding the best player who improved their individual performances after becoming captains for their respective teams, and it drew 536,346 votes with fans asked to choose among Kohli, Imran, AB de Villiers and Meg Lanning.
Initially it looked like the modern-day great Kohli was handsomely winning the poll with a massive margin over the other three players. However, on Wednesday, after over 5,00,000 votes cast, the poll went towards a nail-biting finish between Virat Kohli and Imran Khan.
In the end, Imran Khan secured 47.3% of the votes while Virat Kohli was a close second, receiving 46.2% of the votes. Ab de Villiers bagged 6% of the votes and Meg Lanning ranked last after securing 0.5% of the votes.
Who would you rate as the best among these giants?
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
As per the statistics provided by the ICC, Kohli’s average increased from 51.29 to 73.88 in ODIs when he took over the captaincy. Ab de Villiers’ average also witnessed a huge growth, as it was 45.97 when he was not the captain but during the captaincy, the average shot up to 63.94. Similar thing happened to Meg Lanning as well, whose average rose from 43.87 to 60.93 while playing as the skipper of the Australian national women’s side.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s current prime minister Imran Khan had a Test average of 25.43 with the bat and 25.53 with the ball in the longest format of the game. But his average in both batting and bowling improved a lot, 52.34 and 20.26 respectively, when he was the leader of the Pakistan Test side.