Virat Kohli has become the first player in history to win all the top three honours at the ICC Awards 2018.
Virat Kohli has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year in addition to being named the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year and the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.
Kohli Emerges ‘Virat’ At ICC Awards 2018
That’s not all. Such was his dominance during 2018 that he has also been named captain of the ICC Team of the Year for both Tests as well as One Day Internationals (ODIs).
The ICC Awards 2018 were announced on Tuesday.
Kohli had won the Sir Garfield Trophy and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards last year and was also the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012.
During 2018, Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds.
He also amassed 1,202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries in 14 ODIs during the year. Kohli scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.
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.
– VIrat Kohli
Australia opener Aaron Finch has won the ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year at the ICC Awards 2018 for the second time after his world record 172 against Zimbabwe in Harare last July was chosen by the ICC Voting Academy.
Finch, who has been leading Australia in white-ball cricket, has broken the world record for the highest score for the second time. He had struck 16 fours and 10 sixes during that 76-ball knock to eclipse his own record of 156 against England in Southampton, which had won him the same award for the year 2013-14.
The knock in Harare was the second highest in all T20 cricket and his 26 boundary hits the most in a T20I innings.
England and India are ranked No.1 and No.2 on the ICC Men’s ODI Team rankings with making up more than two-thirds of the ODI Team of the Year.
Of all 12 Test-playing nations, New Zealand finished with the highest win-loss ratio of 4.00. They are well-represented in the ICC Test Team of the Year.
There was also plenty of history created – England won a series in Sri Lanka, New Zealand triumphed in the United Arab Emirates, and India ended a 71-year wait for a series win in Australia (the result was confirmed in early 2019).
Here is a detailed list of all the winners of ICC Awards 2018
- Cricketer of the Year(Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy): Virat Kohli (India), who is the fourth Indian to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after Rahul Dravid (2004) Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2016).
- ODI Player of the Year:Virat Kohli (India)
- Test Player of the Year:Virat Kohli (India)
- Men’s T20 Performance of the Year:Aaron Finch (Australia)
- Men’s Emerging Player of the Year:Rishabh Pant (India)
- Associate Player of the Year:Calum Macleod (Scotland)
- Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy):Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
- Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for Cricketer of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India)
- Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India)
- Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: Alyssa Healy (Australia)
- Women’s Emerging Player of the Year: Sophie Ecclestone (Eng)
- Spirit of Cricket:Kane Williamson (New Zealand) for continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the field
- ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year:Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (Ind, captain), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (Ind, wicket keeper), Jason Holder (West Indies), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Australia), Jasprit Bumrah (Ind), Muhammad Abbas (Pak)
- ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year:Rohit Sharma (Ind), Jonny Bairstow (Eng), Virat Kohli (Ind, captain), Joe Root (Eng), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (Eng, wicket-keeper), Ben Stokes (Eng), Mustafizur Rahman (Ban), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Kuldeep Yadav (Ind), Jasprit Bumrah (India)
- Fans’ Moment of the Year– India winning their fourth U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand.
(Note- All the photos have been sourced from ICC.)