WEB DESK: Indian rising star Virat Kohli named the Player of the Tournament at the end of World T20 2016 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday despite India’s lost in the semi finals to West Indies.
It is the second successive time he has been awarded the trophy. He was player of the tournament for 2014 tournament in Bangladesh following his 319 runs which took India to the final, according to ICC media release.
“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.
“As a team, we have all loved the experience of playing in this event in front of big, passionate home crowds and I’m pleased the tournament in India has been successfully staged.
“And I’d like to add my congratulations to the West Indies men’s and women’s squads for their successes,” Kohli said after the announcement.
The 27-year-old batted five innings in the tournament, scoring a total of 273 at an average of 136.50 with a strike-rate of just under 147. He scored 23 against New Zealand, 55 not out against Pakistan, 24 against Bangladesh, 82 not out against Australia and 89 not out against the West Indies in the second semi-final.
He was chosen because of his crucial contributions to India’s run in the tournament.
Previous winners include Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (2007), Shahid Afridi of Pakistan (2009), Kevin Pietersen of England (2010) and Australia’s Shane Watson (2012).