ICC Awards: Kohli wins cricketer of the year, also named captain of Test and ODI teams of the year

Indian captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC cricketer of the year today, in addition to also winning the ODI cricketer of the year accolade. Kohli, who had a stellar season was further announced as the captain of the ODI and Test teams of the year, making it his most impressive haul at the ICC Awards so far in his career.

Kohli scored 2203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 (eight hundreds), 1818 ODI runs at an average of 82.63 (seven hundreds), and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153 in the qualification period for the awards from September 21, 2016 to the end of 2017. Kohli picking up the cricketer of the year prize also means that an Indian has won the accolade for the second year running, with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin winning it last season. Just 29 years of age, Kohli already has 32 centuries to his name and has Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries firmly in sight.

Meanwhile, Australian captain Steve Smith was named Test cricketer of the year, after he scored 1875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five 50s. He now averages 63.75 from 61 Tests overall, the second-best average of all time for those who have played more than 20 Tests. In the ICC rankings he has 947 points. The other nominees for the accolade were last year’s winner Ashwin, who took 111 wickets at an average of 25.87, Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 1,914 runs, Kohli, and Ben Stokes, who hit 1,000 runs at 40.00 and took 35 wickets at an average of 27.68

In the nominations for ODI cricketer of the year, Kohli was competing with Pakistani all-rounder Hasan Ali, Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and his own ODI teammate, Rohit Sharma.

It was also the first time Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s performances were officially recognized by the ICC, with him winning the T20 international performance of the year for his haul of 6/25 against England in Bengaluru last year. He was named Player of the Match in that game, and Player of the Series for his performance – the best by an Indian bowler in T20I history, and the third-best of all time.

Here are the ICC ODI and Test teams of the year –

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