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Updated December 31st, 2023 at 12:27 IST

'My first one is a megastar,'-Nasser Hussain tips Indian star as top pick for 2024 cricket season

Nasser Hussain lauds Indian star's exceptional 2023 form and singles him out for continued success in 2024, emphasizing the batter's technical excellence.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Former English captain Nasser Hussain and Indian team players celebrate after a wicket
Former English captain Nasser Hussain and Indian team players celebrate after a wicket | Image:AP
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain has named Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli as his top selection for a successful 2024 season. The 35-year-old had a spectacular 2023, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer in all forms with 2,048 runs, including eight tons. Furthermore, Kohli shone up as the 2023 World Cup's best run-scorer, breaking a record for a single edition with 765 runs in 11 matches at an excellent average of 95.62. Hussain's support highlights Kohli's remarkable form and predicts a good continuation into the future year.

3 things you need to know 

  • Virat Kohli won Player of the Tournament in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup 
  • Kohli scored 765 runs in 11 matches during the ODI World Cup 
  • Virat Kohli is currently playing 2-match Test series against South Africa

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What did Nasser Hussain say about Virat Kohli?

Despite Team India's defeat in the final against Australia, former captain Virat Kohli was named Player of the Tournament for his outstanding exploits with the bat. In a video released by the ICC, Nasser Hussain singled out Kohli for another excellent year in 2024. He praised the batter for his outstanding achievements during the 2023 World Cup, recognizing Kohli's feats on the cricket pitch. Hussain's acknowledgement highlights Kohli's lasting effect and sets the platform for high expectations in the next year. Nasser Hussain said: 

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"My first one is a megastar and there is no doubt about it. Virat Kohli. Obviously, he had a fantastic 2023 and World Cup. Amid all the records he broke and the attention, we did not focus on how well he was batting," 

"Technically, I have never seen Virat bat as well like that. The sound of the bat, that innings against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, I can name about five innings where he was getting in a good position. That is a good sign for Virat, India and Virat fans. It means that he is in a good mental space and his game is in good order," 

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When Virat Kohli hit an incredible 50th century in the 2023 World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand, he broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries. Even though the team lost, Kohli didn’t get loose and kept showcasing his batting skills throughout India's current tour of South Africa, finishing as their best player with scores of 38 and 76 in the first Test. Kohli's reputation as a cricketing legend is further cemented by his capacity to shatter records and put on consistently strong performances.

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Published December 31st, 2023 at 12:27 IST

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