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Kohli domination continues: Bags Three Major ICC awards

Virat Kohli dominated the ICC Awards as he won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year in addition to being captain of the ODI and Test teams of the year. He also bagged the Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year awards. A feat which he achieved for the first time and became the first cricketer ever to do so.

In the 47 innings that he played across formats in 2018, Kohli scored 2,735 runs at an average of 68.37. He scored 11 centuries and nine fifties in the year 2018 and was the highest run scorer in India’s tours of South Africa and England.

Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.

Kohli said: “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.”

Rishabh Pant has been named the Emerging Player of the Year by the ICC for 2018. Pant made his international debut in August 2018 during the third Test between India and England. 

Pant won the hearts of everyone with his spectacular performance in 2018.  He had made his first Test hundred in England, then second century in Australia. With this, he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in both England and Australia.

Pant finished the series as the 2nd highest run scorer, ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, with 350 runs. His lower middle order knock turned out to be vital as India won their first ever Test series on Australian soil. Finally Pant scored an unbeaten 159 in the last Test match of the series, making him the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia.

Test team of the year

Tom Latham (New Zealand)
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
Henry Nicholls (New Zealand)
Rishabh Pant (India) (wk)
Jason Holder (Windies)
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Nathan Lyon (Australia)
Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)

ODI team of the year

Rohit Sharma (India)
Jonny Bairstow (England)
Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
Joe Root (England)
Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Jos Buttler (England) (wk)
Ben Stokes (England)
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Kuldeep Yadav (India)
Jasprit Bumrah (India)

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