MUMBAI (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli had something to cheer yesterday when he was named ICC World Cricketer of the Year, a day after suffering his first test series defeat as skipper in South Africa.
The 29-year-old was rewarded for his prolific run in the qualification period from Sept. 2016 to the end of 2017 when he amassed 2,203 runs – including eight centuries – in tests, 1,818 in ODIs and 299 in Twenty20 internationals.
Kohli received the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, which team mate Ravichandran Ashwin had won last year.
The top order batsman was also adjudged the ODI player of the year.
“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,” Kohli said.
“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 and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special.”