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Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year

The ICC Awards 2017 has been announced on Thursday and Indian skipper Virat Kohli has ruled everywhere. He has been named the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI player of the Year.

Kohli has also been named the ODI captain and surprisingly he has also been selected as the Test captain over Aussie captain Steven Smith who has been named as the ICC Test player of the year.

Kohli racked up some serious numbers across formats in the qualifying period – from September 2016 to September 2017. He had scored 2203 Test runs at an average of 77.80, with eight centuries to his credit; 1818 ODI runs at 82.63, inclusive of seven hundreds; and 299 T20I runs at a stunning strike rate of 153.

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Kohli after winning the awards: “It means a lot to win to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year. I won that back in 2012 also but it’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honour for me. It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special.”

He added: “Last time it was Ash [Ravichandran Ashwin] and this time I’m getting it, so I’m really really honoured and I’d like to thank the ICC for recognising all the hard work that we all put in for our respective sides and I want to congratulate all the other winners also.”

ICC Awards:

ICC Cricket of the Year: Virat Kohli (India)
ICC ODI player of the Year: Virat Kohli (India)
ICC Test player of the Year: Steven Smith (Australia)
ICC Emerging player of the Year: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
ICC Associate cricketer of the Year: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
ICC Umpire of the Year: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
ICC Fans’ Moment of the Year: Champions Trophy 2017 final

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