Former England cricket captain turned commentator, Nasser Hussain, has praised Virat Kohli, the stalwart Indian batter, for clinching the prestigious ‘ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2023’ award. Speaking to the ICC, Hussain described the decision as a “no-brainer” and hailed Kohli’s outstanding performances throughout the year.
Phenomenal Year for Kohli
Hussain emphasized Kohli’s exceptional year, particularly his remarkable contributions during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. He said, “No Brainer that Virat Kohli won the ODI Cricketer of the Year – what a year he had, the way he played throughout the year & in the World Cup is absolutely phenomenal.”
Kohli’s achievements in 2023 include becoming the leading century-hitter in ODI history, with a record tally of 50 centuries. His remarkable feat of scoring at least a half-century in nine out of eleven innings at the World Cup solidified his status as one of the game’s finest batters.
Support for Personal Decision
In addition to praising Kohli’s cricketing achievements, Hussain had earlier extended his support to Kohli’s decision to withdraw from the first two Tests against England, citing personal reasons. He said, “My first thought is that we wish Virat well. Like Brook, he’s taken a step back for personal reasons, and everyone in the game should respect that. Some things are more important than cricket.”
Expressing solidarity with Kohli’s decision, Hussain highlighted the significance of prioritizing personal well-being over cricketing commitments. He underscored the need for understanding and compassion towards athletes facing personal challenges.
As Kohli takes a break from cricket, fans and peers alike await his return to the field, acknowledging his exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to the sport. With Hussain’s endorsement, Kohli’s contributions to Indian cricket continue to receive widespread recognition and admiration.
Nasser Hussain’s words echo sentiments of support and appreciation for Kohli’s remarkable achievements and personal decisions, reaffirming the cricketing community’s respect for the player on and off the field.