A hallmark of a great player is that he/she is not only loved in his country but is appreciated around the world for his extraordinary skills and talent. India captain Virat Kohli is one such cricketer who enjoys a massive fan following irrespective of which part of the world he is in. On Wednesday after the conclusion of the first day’s play of the practice match between India and Essex, Kohli was presented with the medals – International Player of the Year for 2017 and 2018 by England’s Barmy Army at Chelmsford.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India shared the picture of the Indian skipper being presented with the medals on its official Twitter account. The 29-year old Kohli, who had a forgettable tour of England in 2014, showed glimpses of his form with a fine half-century in India’s only warm-up game for the tour against Essex. He played a crucial knock 68 off 93 balls that included 12 brilliant boundaries.
The India captain was later dismissed for the score of 68. After early wickets, Kohli’s his 90-run stand with opener Murali Vijay laid a solid foundation for the visitors as they ended the opening day of the three-day match on 322/6.
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After the day’s play, was handed the medals and BCCI shared the moment on Twitter. Last year, the Barmy Army had shared a video of the 29-year-old thanking them for the medal.
Last year, after receiving the honour from Barmy Army, Kohli had thanked them on a video saying being recognised by a group as passionate as them felt great.
“I am really honoured to be chosen by the Barmy Army as the international player of the year. It feels nice to be recognised by the fans of other countries and cricket lovers from all over the globe which makes you feel great as a cricketer. Especially from the Barmy Army who made my life hell in England in 2014 when I had a tough time.
“They always support their team very passionately and I am sure it will be a challenge when we go to England. But to have received such an honour from them makes me feel proud of playing for my nation. I want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart and look forward to catching up with all of you when we come to England next year. Hopefully, we can have some interaction of the field also, cheers thank you,” Kohli said in the video.
The Indian cricket are presently on a tour in England, where they have won the T20I series 2-1 and lost the ODI series by the same margin. The visitors will now take on hosts in the much-anticipated five-Test rubber, which starts on August 1 in Birmingham.
Kohli was the highest scorer in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in 2017, he amassed 1460 runs in 26 games at an impressive average of 76.84. He had notched up six centuries and seven fifties in the same format.