MUMBAI: Amid all the World Cup hype, India skipper Virat Kohli has bagged the International Cricketer of the year award while Smriti Mandhana was honoured with the International women cricketer of the year award during the CEAT International Cricket Awards 2019.
Kohli has accumulated 10843 runs in the one-day international (ODI) cricket and scored 6613 runs in the longest format. Whereas, Mandhana has 1951 runs under her belt in ODI cricket and 1298 runs in the shortest format.
Moreover, Mohinder Amarnath, the former India all-rounder, was conferred with the Life Time Achievement award during the event.
Kohli will be leading the India team in the World Cup for the first time but will have the experience of the World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni behind the stumps. India will face South Africa in their first this year’s first World Cup clash on June 5.
Meanwhile, Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of India captain Virat Kohli, on Monday said that Pakistan has no chance of winning against India in the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
When asked about whether India will be able to continue their winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup, Sharma told ANI: “There is no doubt about that. There is no competition as India is a far superior team as compared to Pakistan. Although cricket is a game of uncertainty, on paper India is a far superior team.”
Sharma also eulogised Kohli for his dedication to making India lift the World Cup. However, Sharma feels that it will be a big challenge for the skipper as he will be leading the team for the first time in the quadrennial tournament.
“Virat is very focused regarding World Cup. If you listen to his interviews from the past two years, since then he has been dreaming about the World Cup like how he is going to play in the World Cup and what should be the strategy. So, he is very devoted and dedicated to making India win the World Cup,” Sharma said.
“It is a big challenge for Virat Kohli as he will be leading India for the first time in World Cup,’ he added.