5 records broken by Virat Kohli in 2018
If there was one individual who ruled cricket in 2018 despite overseas Test series defeats in South Africa and England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli scaled every possible height in the year went by. There's no denying the fact that Kohli was at the peak of his powers through the entire course of 2018.
Kohli led his side from the front and scored runs in abundance to once again stamp his authority of being head and shoulders above the rest. It was a year that posed challenges for him to overcome his failures from the past in England and South Africa. For him, it was all about conquering the demons of a debacle in 2014.
However, for the greatness scaled by Kohli in terms of his sheer class as a batsman, he took every challenge head-on to emerge as the highest run scorer in the five-match Test series against England. Where every other batsman failed to score runs from either side, Kohli played on a different planet, belittling the quality of bowling and making a mockery of tough conditions.
His tryst with destiny saw him as the No.1 ranked Test batsman, eclipsing Steve Smith to consolidate the numero uno position till the year-end. His run of form in ODIs and Tests, undoubtedly see him as the World's best batsman in the current scenario.
The journey in 2018 saw him conquer the world, allowing his bat to do all the talking. In due course, he broke records and scaled up new heights to signify the gap between him and the world.
Here's a deep dive into 5 elusive records achieved by Kohli in 2018 among many others:
#5. Most ODI runs in a bilateral series
The start of the year saw India take on a tough opponent in South Africa in their own backyard. Leading a side brimming with confidence, Kohli and his boys were believed to win the tour by series wins in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. However, despite losing Test series 2-1, India emerged victorious in the limited overs format.
Kohli was at the heart of India's historic 5-1 ODI series win against South Africa. Leading from the front, Kohli amassed 558 runs in just six innings at a colossal batting average of 186. With three centuries and the highest score of 160*, Kohli remained not out on three occasions to take India home.
His 558 runs proved to be the most by any batsman in a bilateral ODI series, surpassing Rohit Sharma's tally of 491 runs against Australia in 2013-14.