Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has become the first player in history to make a clean sweep at the ICC Awards for 2018, winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year. Apart from these individual achievements, Kohli was also named as the captain of both ICC Test Team of the Year and ICC ODI Team of the Year.
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 🏆
ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year 🏆
ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 🏆
— ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
Kohli speaking to ICC’s official website said that he was honoured to achieve such a massive feat:
It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game. To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation.”
It was a well-deserved accomplishment for Kohli as he has unarguably been the best batsman in the game across all the formats in 2018. In 13 Test matches, he scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries. In the shorter format of the game, his record was all the more staggering as he piled on 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries to his name in the 14 ODIs he played. He was the only batsman in the world to score over a thousand runs in both the formats of the game.
Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018! 🇮🇳
He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards 🏆 pic.twitter.com/s5yQBuwWlv
— ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
Apart from Kohli, there were also honours for other Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant. Rohit Sharma was named in the ODI team of the year while Bumrah was named in both the ODI and Test teams of the year. Rishabh Pant who had a breakthrough season for the Indian team was named in the ICC Test team of the Year while also being awarded with the Emerging Player of the Year award. Kuldeep Yadav was also named in ODI team of the year.
Here are the ICC Teams of the Year:
ODI: Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Virat Kohli (c), Joe Root, Ross Taylor, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Mustafizur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Test: Tom Latham, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli (c), Henry Nicholls, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Lyon, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Abbas.