India captain Virat Kohli has won many accolades over the years. Not only has he been named ICC Player of the Year for the last two years, he has been awarded India’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – and the country’s fourth highest civilian award – the Padma Shri.
Kohli already has numerous batting records to his name and regularly features in the Forbes list for the highest paid athletes.
On Sunday, the star India batsman received another major recognition with his state Delhi deciding to name a stand after him at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association has already recognised some of the biggest names of Delhi cricket – like Virender Sehwag and Bishan Singh Bedi – by naming stands in their honour. Now Kohli joins the elite list and becomes one of the very few players to receive such a recognition while still playing.
DDCA president Rajat Sharma said: “Virat Kohli’s outstanding contribution to world cricket has done DDCA proud. To cherish these memories, DDCA wanted to dedicate a stand in his name. I’m sure the ‘Virat Kohli Stand’ will be a source of inspiration for Delhi’s young cricketers.”
Sachin Tendulkar has a stand named after him at the Wankhede Stadium. The Beausejour Ground in Saint Lucia was renamed the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in 2016.
Virat scored his second successive ton to steer India to a six-wicket win over the Windies in the third ODI in Port of Spain.
That match was reduced to 35 overs per side and the hosts posted 240-7, which was revised to a target of 255 under DLS method.
Kohli hit 14 boundaries during his knock of 114 not out from 99 balls and was well supported by Iyer who smashed five sixes as he made 64 from 41 balls.
The India skipper said Iyer is as hungry to score and make an impact as he was earlier in his career.
“He understood the value of performing in these situations,” Kohli said . “It will only boost his confidence further. I was exactly the same when I came in – any opportunity I got I wanted to win games for my team and play according to the situation and you have to take risks. He was brave under pressure. You need to reveal your game to realise who you are, what your game is and what kind of a player you are.”
Kohli said Iyer, who hit his second straight fifty, has put his hand up to cement a spot in the Indian middle order.
“Both times he was batting with me, I’ve been around for a while, and he wasn’t intimidated at all, he was very confident, very sure of his game. I think that is great to see, hopefully he builds on to this and keeps performing like this for the team.
“Today we were under a bit of pressure, I think Shreyas, the way he played took all the pressure off me and I could just play with my usual tempo and control the game from one end.”
Virat Kohli has many records to his name, which in itself might be a record some day – he added two more to the impressive list on Sunday.
Kohli first became top run-getter against West Indies in ODIs. Kohli crossed Pakistan legend Javed Miandad’s tally of 1,930 runs against the Windies in 50-over cricket. Kohli crossed that mark during the second ODI against the Caribbean side in Port of Spain.
The India skipper crossed Miandad’s mark in 34 matches, which is 30 games less than how long it took the Pakistan great to score those runs.
However, the one major difference is the quality of the Windies attack. Miandad’s ODI career started in 1975 and ended in 1996. During that period, the Windies produced some of the greatest and most menacing fast bowlers the game has seen.
Kohli, on the other hand, has scored his runs against much-weaker Caribbean attacks. Even so, it’s Kohli who has broken Miandad’s record and not any other batsman of this era.
And he has broken the record in almost half the time, which is no mean feat.
Also, Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly’s ODI tally of runs for India. Ganguly scored 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs and Kohli overtook the former captain in just his 238th match.
Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs than Kohli for India in ODIs – 18,426. Kohli’s average is nearing 60 and if he plays anywhere near Sachin’s tally of 463 ODIs, he will crush every ODI record in the book.