Wisden's Cricket Almanac Names Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana Leading Cricketers Of 2018

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Wisden's Cricket Almanac Names Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana Leading Cricketers Of 2018 (file image)

New Delhi: The Indian Cricket team skipper, Virat Kohli who became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards, was also named Wisden's Leading Cricketer of the Year for an "unprecedented" third year in a row.

"Despite finishing on the losing side, India captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014 by scoring a magnificent 593 runs in five Tests, a full 244 more than his nearest rival on either side," the Almanack read. 

"Virat Kohli wins (Leading Cricketer of the Year) for an unprecedented third year in a row, scoring 2,735 runs across the international formats - more than 700 clear of Joe Root in second place. His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level - if that was possible," it added.

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan was named the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer of the Year for the second year running.