Virat Kohli's Historic Clean Sweep: Bags Top Three Awards ICC Awards

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli's Historic Clean Sweep: Bags Top Three Awards ICC Awards 

New Delhi: The Indian skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his hat, by becoming the first player in history to win the top three awards of ICC.  The 30 year old batsman claimed, 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. Not only this, Virat has also been named the captain of ICC's Test and ODI teams of 2018. The Indian skipper managed to score 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.  In 10 T20Is, Kohli scored 211 runs.

"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.

 

Virat Kohli

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said about Virat Kohli, "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."

"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.

Last year, Kohli had won the Sir Garfield Trophy and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards and was also the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012.