Indian captain Virat Kohli dominated the ICC Awards that were declared on Tuesday. He was elected Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and also won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. In addition to these, he was also named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for 2018.
In the 47 innings that he played across formats in 2018, Kohli scored 2,735 runs at an average of 68.37. He also had 11 centuries and nine fifties to his name in the year 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 hundred 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.
ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year ✅
— ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
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. He famously hit a six off the very first ball he faced in the match. He went on to score 162 runs in the series and this included a maiden Test century during the final Indian innings in the fifth Test.
“It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. 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,” Kohli said in a video that was tweeted by the ICC.
“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 inconsistent performances.”
Pant’s century was the first instance of an Indian wicketkeeper scoring a Test 100 in England. He went on to make his ODI debut in the home series against the West Indies and made his T20I debut against the same opposition. Although he failed to make a significant dent in the limited overs matches he played, Pant proved once again that he is one of the most exciting young talents in the Indian squad with his performance during India’s Test series against Australia.
Pant ended the series as the second highest run scorer, ahead of Indian captain Virat Kohli, with 350 runs. His lower middle order performances turned out to be crucial as India won their first ever Test series on Australian soil. Pant eventually scored an unbeaten 159 in the final Indian innings of the series, making him the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia.