Virat Kohli won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC ODI Player of the Year and the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year, which made him the first player in history to achieve this.
The captain of the Indian cricket national team was also named as the captain of the Test and ODI teams earlier that day. Kohli had a very exciting year and deserved all of the awards he received. Here are some of his impressive stats for 2018 – he scored 1322 runs and had an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests. He also gathered 1202 runs in 14 ODIs and had an impressive average of 133.55 whilst achieving six centuries.
Kohli, who came into the limelight during the ICC U19 World Cup that took place in Malaysia during 2008, ended the year being the highest ranked batsman in ODIs and Tests. He was also the top scorer in 2008 and was one of only three batsmen who scored more than 1000 runs in ODI. Kohli won both awards convincingly with Kagiso Rabada finishing second for Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC Test Player of the Year prize. Rashid Khan won second place for the ICC ODI Player of the Year.The first ever player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers award along with Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year
Kohli Himself was very proud and grateful for his achievement. He felt honoured to be recognized as the best cricket player in 2018 and was also pleased with his team’s performance. Here are his exact words: “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.”
Kohli also received nice words from the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, who said: “Sincere congratulations to every one of our individual winners and those players named in our ICC Test and ODI teams of the year. Special mention must go to Virat Kohli, who becomes the first ever player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers award along with Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year and be named as captain of both teams.”
Who Were the Other Big Names?
The ICC Awards are the event that recognizes the best performers in men’s and women’s cricket. The voters are comprised by former players, journalists and match officials. However, even though they are yearly awards, the winners in the women’s category were announced on December 31st, while those in the men’s category were revealed on 22nd January due to the schedule. Kohli wasn’t the only male player who won a prize at the ICC awards. Scottish cricket player Calum Macleod won the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year award. In the women’s category, Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for Women’s Cricketer of the Year and ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year. Australian Alyssa Healy was chosen as ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year, while Sophie Ecclestone won ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
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