Kohli, the latest to join the elite group of sportsmen
Indian national cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been honored with the Khel Ratna award which is India’s highest sporting honor. He became the third cricketer to win this honor after Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.
The Indian captain has been sensational in international cricket since the last five years and is currently at the top of ICC batting rankings for Tests and ODIs. With more than nine thousand ODI runs and six thousand Test runs, Kohli is well ahead of peers and is hailed as the most complete batsmen of this era by several cricketers and analysts.
He is also captaining Team India in the ODI and Test formats and under him, India is ranked number one in ICC Test ratings.
Twitter congratulates the Indian skipper
Soon after the news broke out, fans congratulated the Indian captain on Twitter.
Virat Kohli to Receive Khel Ratna on 25th September.. ❤️🇮🇳
— Aakash 🇮🇳 (@Aakash_Srkian) September 21, 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore whom Kohli represents in the IPL wasn’t far behind in congratulating the Indian skipper.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) September 20, 2018
Fans defend Kohli over the controversy
However, it hasn’t been all chalk and cheese for the Indian batsman. After the news broke out several people questioned Kohli’s achievements and claimed that there are other deserving candidates for the award.
Some doubted the points system while some believed that cricketers were given an undue advantage over other sports.
But to Kohli’s relief, several fans came out to support him and considered the cricketer a worthy candidate for India’s highest sporting honor.
This fan made a valid point to back Kohli’s claim to the award.
— Dr Rajeev Tyagi (@rajeev_tyagi) September 21, 2018
And this fan too pointed out some facts to address the controversy.
Don't tell me that Kohli didn't deserve khel ratna.Last 7 saal see yeh performances de raha hai indian team ke liye.Above 50 avg hai teeno formats me.Cricketer hai Matlab non deserving hogaya?2016 aur 2017 me bhi iska naam reject hogaya tha despite having great performances
— .RA (@Y_Jar01) September 21, 2018
While others were indulging in heated debates, some focused on the lighter side of the things. Like this fan has more than one reason to feel excited.
The #MegaIcons thing will be on air on 24th sept and he’ll get khel ratna on 25th. Could it me any better? ❤️
— Saumya (@dilsevirat18) September 20, 2018
And there was no end to fans’ wishes and appreciation.
— பிரேம்!!! (@Premkumar_R) September 21, 2018
VIRAT KOHLI is going to be Awarded with KHEL RATNA AWARD THIS 25th September. So HAPPY FOR HIM. PROUD. HE TRUELY DESERVES THIS. CONGRATS CHAMP @imVkohli
— ᎠᏒᎥsh 🦋 (@drishtixd) September 20, 2018