Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the greatest batsman of this era. He has taken the art of batting to a whole new level and at the moment he is cricket's only superstar. He has stunned everyone with his on-field achievements. He makes batting look so easy, that many players have started to complain about it.
In the 50 overs format, Virat Kohli has set new benchmarks for future generation batsmen. His numbers speak volumes about his unimaginable consistency. In 208 innings that the 30-year-old Indian skipper has played, he has amassed 10232 runs at a breathtaking average of 59.84 and a brilliant strike rate of 92.88 which includes 38 glorious centuries and 48 match-defining half-centuries.
In ICC tournaments, Kohli has played 29 innings in which he has scored 1116 runs at an impressive average of 55.80 and a strike of 86.5 which includes 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries.
Let's look at his statistics in all the ICC ODI events that he has played.
#1 ICC Champions Trophy 2009
Strike rate: 74.22
The 2009 ICC Champions Trophy was a forgettable tournament for the Indian cricket team. They lost to Pakistan in the opening match despite Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir's fighting half-centuries. Virat Kohli became an overnight success with his U-19 World Cup victory, both as a batsman and as a skipper, because of which the selection committee did not delay in giving a chance to a 20-year-old promising young Delhi lad in a big tournament like the Champions Trophy. But, in his first ever match of an ICC ODI event, Kohli only managed to score only 16 runs.
But, after that miserable performance against Pakistan, Virat Kohli became more determined to cement his place in the middle order. He played a good knock of 79 against the West Indies in the next game for which he received his first man of the match award.
India could only manage to play 2 matches since the match against Australia got abandoned due to unfavourable weather conditions due to which, they were out of the tournament. But, Virat Kohli soon became a youngster whom the team could trust upon.
#2 ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
The 2011 world cup was a tournament that will have a chapter of its own in Indian cricket's history books.
The Indian squad had a mixture of both experience and young players. This was going to be a tournament that led to a phase change in Indian cricket as it was the last World Cup for some of the senior players.
Virat Kohli came into the World Cup with some good performances in the South Africa tour. He scored a century against Bangladesh in that inaugural match along with Virender Sehwag who started destroying the Bangladeshi bowling attack from the first ball. But, Kohli fell short of runs as the tournament progressed. He only managed to score a 50+ only once in next 8 matches. But when it mattered the most Virat Kohli came out and scored a resilient 35 in the final before he got out to Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Virat Kohli's 35 runs in an 83 run partnership with Gautam Gambhir steadied the Indian innings in the final after the early collapse of Sachin and Sehwag. That innings launched Virat Kohli, the player who will not succumb to pressure during a run chase.
#3 ICC Champions Trophy 2013
The 50s: 1
The 2013 Champions Trophy was a memorable one because of the way a young team led by MS Dhoni played throughout the tournament, even though there were many concerns about the new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma and an inexperienced bowling unit. But, to everyone's surprise, they played wonderfully throughout the tournament.
Due to rain, the final between India and England was reduced to a 20 over match. Both the Indian openers failed to make an impression. But India's dependable Virat Kohli made an important contribution of 43 runs on a rain-affected Birmingham pitch which helped India put a decent total on the board. Eventually, India went on to win the tournament.
#4 ICC World Cup 2015
The 50s: 0
In the 2015 World Cup, India won 7 consecutive matches in the tournament. Except for Pakistan and South Africa, India didn't have any tough competition till the semifinal. They easily dealt with UAE, Zimbabwe, West Indies, and others.
India faced Bangladesh in the quarterfinals and came out victorious only to lose against the home team in the semis. The Aussies put a 300+ target in front of India to which Indian team had no reply for.
Virat Kohli who had scored a brilliant century against Pakistan was expected to come to India's rescue in the run chase, but the Delhi-lad failed to perform in the big match. He later had to face the brunt of a violent Indian audience. It was a major setback for him.
#5 ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Strike rate: 98.85
Highest score: 96*
After Dhoni quit as Indian captain it was not a surprise to anyone who follows Indian cricket when Virat Kohli was announced as the next captain. The 2017 Champions Trophy was the first test for Kohli as a captain, even though Virat's team was far better than the one Dhoni led in the 2013 Champions Trophy.
The Openers Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were more experienced than the last time they were in England and the bowling attack of India was considered to be one of the best in the tournament.
The 2017 version of the Champions Trophy was looking very good for the Indians as once again, their opening pair clicked and their middle order didn't have to do anything but sit down and enjoy their stroke play. Shikar Dhawan once again dominated with the bat and won the golden bat. It was all looking good for India and they were on their way to win the tournament for the second time in 4 years. But, when it came to the final against a rampant Pakistani bowling attack, the Indian team fell short.
Both the openers failed miserably for the first time in the tournament. Virat Kohli too got himself squared up and went back to the pavilion for meager 5 runs against his nemesis Mohammed Amir. It was a day to forget for him as a batsman and as a skipper.
Though Kohli has seen ups and downs as a player and skipper in ICC ODI tournaments, India will be hopeful that their run machine will keep churning out centuries in the 2019 World Cup and bring home the coveted trophy after 8 years.