Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar thinks that India's most influential one-day cricketer of this decade is Virat Kohli. He is also ahead of World Cup-winning India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Virat Kohli made his debut for the Indian national team in 2008. Since then he has been playing for the national team. Virat Kohli has already played 251 ODIs in his long 12-year international cricket career. Virat Kohli has surpassed legend Sachin Tendulkar to reach the 12,000-run milestone in ODI cricket by playing the shortest innings in the recent ODI series against Australia.
Virat Kohli has scored 12040 runs in just 242 innings in ODI cricket. Virat Kohli has scored 60 half centuries and 43 centuries with the bat. In ODI cricket, Virat Kohli has an average of 59.31 and a strike rate of 93.24.
In this context, Gavaskar said that in choosing the most influential ODI cricketer, I will not only look at the runs and wickets of that cricketer. What matters most to me is how important that cricketer has been to the team's victory or improvement. From that point of view, Virat Kohli is the most influential ODI cricketer of this decade.