Virat Kohli Beats Steve Smith as Cricket Australia's 'ODI Captain of Year'

Updated: 27 December 2016 20:41 IST

Virat Kohli, who was voted as skipper of ICC's ODI team of the year last week, was selected over Australia's very own Steve Smith.

Virat Kohli Beats Steve Smith as Cricket Australia
Virat Kohli was earlier voted as skipper ofICC's ODI team of the year. © AFP

India's Test captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday continued to win accolades for his record-breaking run in 2016. The star batsman was named captain of Cricket Australia's ODI team of the year which also featured pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

Kohli, who was voted as skipper of ICC's ODI team of the year last week, was selected over Australia's very own Steve Smith.

"India's skipper played only 10 ODI matches in 2016, but he again underlined his status as one of the best in the 50-over format," CA said in a statement.

"The right-hander scored 45 or more in eight of his 10 innings for the year, notching back-to-back centuries in a run feast against Australia in January and then a magnificent 154 (not out) in a successful pursuit of 289 against New Zealand, more than half of his team's total.

"He now averages an incredible 90.10 in 59 successful run chases for India, and has been out in the middle for the winning runs on 20 occasions," it added.

CA said Bumrah was selected in the side due to his consistent performance.

"India's unorthodox paceman Jasprit Bumrah was a stand-out in 2016, his first year as an international player.

"While nine of his 17 wickets for the year came against Zimbabwe, it was his ability to keep scoring to a minimum that impressed us the most; he conceded more than 40 runs in an innings just once all year and his extraordinary economy rate of 3.63 is easily the best in the world for 2016," the CA stated.

Cricket Australia's ODI Team of Year: Virat Kohli (India, captain), David Warner (Australia), Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa), Steve Smith (Australia), Babar Azam (Pakistan), Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Jos Buttler (England), Jasprit Bumrah (India), Imran Tahir (South Africa).

(With inputs from PTI)

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Highlights
  • Virat Kohli was in top form in 2016
  • Kohli was named captain of ICC's ODI team of the year
  • Kohli is the world's top ranked ODI batsman
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