ICC Awards: Virat Kohli Creates History, Named ICC Test, ODI Player And Cricketer Of The Year 2018

Updated: 23 January 2019 09:02 IST

Virat Kohli has also been named captain of ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year. The ICC Awards were announced on Tuesday.

ICC Awards: Virat Kohli Creates History, Named ICC Test, ODI Player And Cricketer Of The Year 2018
Virat Kohli is the first player to win all three major ICC awards together. © AFP

Virat Kohli on Tuesday scripted history by becoming the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, as well as the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards. The 30-year-old has also been named captain of ICC's Test and ODI teams of 2018 for a fabulous run in international cricket. 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.

"Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket," the ICC said in a statement.

"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," Kohli was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com.

"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," Kohli added.

"Sincere congratulations to every one of our individual winners and those players named in our ICC Test and ODI teams of the year. Special mention must go to Virat Kohli, who becomes the first ever player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers award along with Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year and be named as captain of both teams," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said about Kohli.

"This is well-deserved recognition for an extraordinary talent. His regard for the game and particularly for Test cricket is also recognized and appreciated. He is passionate in his support of the longest form of the game and its continued importance. To be recognized as a true cricketing great you need to be successful at all formats of the game and Virat has become a great ambassador for our sport," he added.

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.

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Topics : India Cricket Team Virat Kohli Cricket
Highlights
  • Kohli was named captain of ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year 2018
  • He became the first player to win all three top ICC awards
  • Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests
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