Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli was on Thursday crowned the ICC men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2023 for his excellent run in the format last year headlined by a phenomenal outing in the World Cup at home.
This is the fourth such award for Kohli, who was the second most prolific run-scorer in ODIs last year behind compatriot Shubman Gill.
Kohli had previously won this award in 2012, 2017 and 2018 and is also among four nominees for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2023 award. Kohli became the first-ever cricketer to win this award for the fourth time, surpassing AB de Villiers; tally of three awards.
Kohli lost out on the race for the Cricketer of the Year Award to Australian captain Pat Cummins, who won it ahead of compatriot Travis Head and Indian duo Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli.
After regaining top form in 2022, Kohli extended his free-scoring run in the 2023 World Cup. He was named the Player of the Tournament at the ICC event last year.