Virat Kohli – the highest international run scorer of 2018
Virat Kohli, for the third consecutive year, became the highest international run scorer in a calendar year.
Rampaging the opponents at home and away, India skipper spreed the run scoring in 2018 as well, likewise the previous two years, marked an outstanding average of 68.91 to accumulate 2,653 international runs in the current year.
Kohli was also the highest international runs scorer in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he had notched up 2,595 while in the succeeding year, he had 2,818 runs to his name.
He had his best this year knocking 160 not out in 159 deliveries versus South Africa in Cape Town.
Apart from his personal record, Kohli as a leader, equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record for most overseas Test wins as an Indian captain after beating Australia by 137 runs in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
With the win at the MCG, Virat Kohli registered 11 Test victories as the captain in 24 Tests in away series, the number of wins that Sourav Ganguly attained in 28 Tests.
India, under Kohli, have won 18 Tests and drawn three, and have never lost a match when he has won the toss.
India have now, won seven Test matches in Australia and this is also the second time they have won more than one five-day game in an Australia series.
India won two Tests in 1977-78, but lost the five match series 3-2. This is also the first time since 1986 that India have won more than one Test in the South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia simultaneously.
With three wins, MCG has become India’s most successful Test venue in Australia, where they have won three Tests.