New Delhi: Virat Kohli was on Sunday named Man of the Tournament of 2016 ICC World Twenty20, even though the Indian vice-captain was not personally present to collect the award at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Kohli, 27, scored 273 runs in five innings with a highest score of 89 not out. He scored in a sequence of 23 vs New Zealand, 55* vs Pakistan, 24 vs Bangladesh, 82* vs Australia and 89* vs West Indies, at an average of 136.50.
His grand total was 22 runs behind tournament's top run getter Tamim Iqbal, who scored 295 runs in six innings with an average of 73.75.
Kohli's classic batting and hare-feet like running have helped create a larger than life image for himself with cricket world praising the right-handed batsman for his batting prowess.
England's Joe Root, who scored 249 runs in six innings was a close contender for the award.
Despite Kohli's heroics, India failed to make the final, after losing to West Indies in the semi-finals by seven wickets. In the match, he scored an unbeaten 89 off 47 balls, and also took a wicket.
Windies defeated England in the final by four wickets to become the first team to win two ICC World Twenty20 titles today.