India men’s captain Virat Kohli and women’s captain Mithali Raj were named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World.
Kohli was awarded with the accolade for the second year running, matching Virender Sehwag’s achievement in 2008 and 2009. He becomes the third player to do so twice, equalling Sehwag and Kumar Sangakkara.
“For the second year in a row, Indian captain Virat Kohli is Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World,” the editor of Wisden Lawrence Booth said in the Almanack. “In all formats in 2017, he scored 2,818 runs – more than 700 ahead of Joe Root in second place. Three of his five Test hundreds were doubles, and the other two unbeaten, and his 1,460 one-day international runs were unsurpassed.Raj was named Leading Women’s Cricketer of the Year for guiding India to the final of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. She becomes the fourth woman and the first Indian to achieve the feat since Wisden started awarding female cricketers.
“Mithali Raj made it an Indian double after she was named the Leading Woman Cricketer in the World,” said Booth. “In the course of captaining her country to within a whisker of the World Cup title, she became the leading run-scorer in the history of women’s one-day internationals, and completed her seventh successive half-century, another record.
The Almanack also features Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year ,and for the first time, has named three women in the list. England’s Anya Shrubsole – the first woman to feature on the cover, Heather Knight and Nat Sciver were named. Only two women have been previously named in the list – Claire Taylor (2009) and Charlotte Edwards (2014).
West Indies’ Shai Hope, who scored two spectacular centuries in the famous Headingley win, and Jamie Porter, who lead Essex to its first County Championship in 25 years, make up the Five Cricketers of the Year for 2017.
Finall, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan won the inaugural foremost T20 player in the game.