Virat Kohli receives Award from President Ram Nath Kovind
Indian captain Virat Kohli received the Rajiv Khel Ratna award from the President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, on Tuesday. Kohli was going to the ceremony with his mom, Saroj Kohli and his better half, Anushka Sharma.
He became only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and MS Dhoni (2007) to receive this prestigious award.
National Sports Awards2018: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli receives Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2018
#PresidentKovind confers the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2018 upon Shri Virat Kohli in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Cricket
•Captain of India Cricket team. Player of tournament in ICC World T20-2016
•23 Centuries and 19 Half Centuries in Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/xYg7I3kHzS
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 25, 2018
Virat Kohli is currently the number one batsman in Tests and ODIs.
“Humbled to have received the Khel Ratna from our Honourable President,” Kohli said on Instagram after receiving the award.
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Recently he became the fastest cricketer to score 18,000 international runs in just 381 innings. In total, Kohli has scored 6,147 runs in 71 Tests and 9,779 runs in 211 ODIs.
What is more impressive about his batting statistics are his numbers as a captain.
As the captain of the Indian ODI side, he has scored 3,059 runs at a strike rate of 98.74 with an average of 82.67, which is much higher than his career ODI average of 58.20.