India’s top-order batsman Virat Kohli, who almost independently led the Indian chase match after match in the World Twenty20 was named as the men’s player of the tournament at the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Kohli amassed 273 runs in the tournament, that included three half-centuries. Having remained not out thrice, he averaged an astounding 136.50. The run of scores were 23, 55 not out, 24, 82 not out and 89 not out.
This is the second successive time Kohli has won the award, after he was also named as the player of the 2014 tournament in Bangladesh following his 319 runs which helped India reach the final.
But more than the quantity of runs, what stood out was the circumstances in which he played the big knocks. The under-pressure batting performances have not only made the spectators amazed, but also earned plaudits from the experts.
Reacting to the announcement, Kohli said: “Although I’m disappointed that we were not able to make it through to the final and win the ICC World Twenty20 title on home soil, I’m proud to be named player of the tournament.”