Indian skipper Virat Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday morning while, his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, Yuzvendra Chahal was named the T20I Performance of the Year. Virat Kohli had an outstanding year in the 50-over format where he scored six centuries at an astonishing average of 76.84. Kohli’s career average stands at 55.74 which is the highest ever by a batsman from a full member nation.
At the age of 29, the Delhi batsman has already scored 32 ODI centuries and at this pace, is likely to leave behind former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who holds the all-time record with 49. “It is surely just a matter of time before he surpasses the Little Master, particularly if he keeps churning out runs as he did in 2017,” ICC said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Chahal who has emerged as a genuine match-winner for India in the shorter formats of the game in last 12 months, was recognised for his incredible haul of 6/25 against England in Bengaluru, bamboozling every batsman he came up against to seal the series decider!
— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
Kohli was also awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, which is for the overall World Cricketer of the Year. Last year, Kohli’s teammate Ravichandran Ashwin had won the trophy. In the qualification period from 21 September 2016 to the end of 2017, India’s captain scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 including eight centuries, 1,818 ODI runs at 82.63 including seven centuries, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153. He also captained his country with distinction, with India flying high at the top of the ICC Test rankings.
Reacting to this, Kohli said, “It means a lot to win to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year.”
“I won that back in 2012 also but it’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honour for me. It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special,” he added.