Virat Kohli's annus mirabilis (as far as awards are concerned) couldn't have made a bigger impression on the ICC, it has turned out.
The International Cricket Council, at its annual awards for the cricketing year 2018, held that the captain of Team India was overwhelmingly the best player of the year and honoured him with virtually the full range of awards, and now, in a Freudian fashion has triggered a debate over whether he's the greatest of all time.
The manner in which this debate began is very interesting. It all started when the official Twitter Twitter handle posted an emoji of a goat, which netizens immediately took to mean G.O.A.T - meaning greatest of all time.
Accordingly, a number of them, including sports teams, pitched their players and legends. For instance, the New England Patriots NFL team pitched its superstar player Tom Brady. Similarly, the ICC responded citing Virat Kohli, though not asserting him as the greatest of all time, rather asking whether he really is in that territory yet.
In response, the Indian Twitterati have been split, but only in one regard. As far as they're concerned, the only reason why Virat Kohli may not be G.O.A.T is that Sachin Tendulkar is G.O.A.T.
One person has tweeted how Kohli had called Sachin G.O.A.T earlier:
Someone else thinks that the ICC's gongs comprising the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year, alongside being named as captain of the ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year, are superfluous as Kohli is the G.O.A.T irrespective:
There's another one:
An Australian has pitched for Sir Don Bradman:
Someone else calls him more than a G.O.A.T:
Here's a Tendulkar comparison again:
And then there's a pitch for Rohit Sharma:
Finally, there's a question about the ICC's logic: