Wednesday was a proud day for India when our star cricketers Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana were named the ‘Leading Cricketer of the Year’ by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
While ‘The Bible of Cricket’ named Kohli the Leading Cricketer in the World for an unprecedented third year in a row, this is the first time for Mandhana in the 2019 edition.
Also, Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan leg-spinner, was named the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer for the second year in a row.
The Indian Men’s Team captain was picked for the third straight year after a supremely successful year in 2018 where he scored 2735 runs across the three formats.
He was also in top form during the tour of England and in five Tests, he made 593 runs at an average of 59.3, despite India losing the series 4-1.
Virat Kohli, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns and Tammy Beaumont were chosen as the five Cricketers of the Year for their performances in the 2018 English summer.
Mandhana, the Leading Women’s Cricketer of the Year, scored 669 and 662 runs in ODIs and T20Is during the course of 2018.
Her run in England’s Women’s Super League was spectacular as she piled up 421 runs at an astounding strike rate of 174.68, including a T20 century.
'Her equanimous approach to the defeat by England in the 2017 World Cup final is a case in point: “I only thought about it for half an hour.” The results speak for themselves.'https://t.co/WYLU8lPoTT
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 10, 2019
Wisden took to Twitter to share the brilliant news with its followers.
Wisden has been listing out Cricketers of the Year since 1889 and it is considered as one of the more prestigious award in the sport.