5 Players who can outshine Virat Kohli in ODIs in 2020
Virat Kohli will undoubtedly face a fierce competition in the year 2020.
Updated - Jan 8, 2020 11:54 am
Virat Kohli is the ‘Numero Uno’ batsmen in the latest ICC ODI rankings. He has certainly emerged as one of the best players in the limited-overs format. Kohli has set high benchmarks that will not be an easy task for the upcoming cricketers to outclass. India has produced some of the finest batsmen in the history of cricket comprising the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and many more.
It was quite difficult for the 31-year-old to fill the boots of the senior batsmen after their departure. But, Kohli successfully managed to do so and established himself as one of the best batsmen across the globe. In the last decade, the Indian skipper has soared from rock bottom to glory and his path has been full of ups and downs. Nevertheless, Kohli’s ability to never back down has transformed him into a successful cricketer in international cricket.
Kohli has tasted a lot of success in ODIs in which he has already scored 11,609 runs in 242 games with 43 tons and 55 fifties. His stats show that he is no less than a magnificent cricketer. In the year 2019, he muscled 1377 runs in 26 games at a brilliant average of 59.86 and ended as the No.1 batsmen in ICC rankings.
As everyone knows, the competition level in international cricket is always at its peak. And, with the passage of every year, new batsmen come into the spotlight with jaw-dropping performances and brilliant batting performances.
Hence, here are the five international players that can outshine Virat Kohli in the year 2020:
1. Rohit Sharma
The first and the biggest competitor of Virat Kohli in the ODI format is his own teammate Rohit Sharma. The 32-year-old opener had one of the best years (2019) as far as his cricket career is concerned. The Mumbai Indians skipper ended as the leading run-scorer in the ICC World Cup 2019 with 648 runs that comprised five tons and one half-century. Rohit broke several records throughout the year on the back of his mesmerising form.
Rohit was in such great form that he left the world number one batsmen Virat Kohli behind in terms of leading run-scorer at the end of the year 2019. Moreover, he missed the prime position in the ODI rankings by just 14 points. If he continues with the same form in 2020, then the chances are quite high that the Hitman might leave Kohli behind in ODIs.
The Mumbai-born player has certainly raised the bars and Virat Kohli will get some tough competition in 2020. And, it is confirmed that a fearsome rivalry is on the line for the fans.