Kohli named World’s best cricketer
Indian captain Virat Kohli, the leading run scorer in ODIs and T20Is since the inception of last year, has been crowned the world’s best cricketer of the year 2018. Smriti Mandhana too earned her name as the world’s best woman cricketer in the of 2018 as named by Wisden.
Other interesting names including Tammy Beaumont, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran were also preferred alongside Virat Kohli by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as the five Cricketers of the Year for their prolific performances last year.
The winners were named with the release of the 156th edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack today. For your information, the Almanack was originally introduced in 1889 to acknowledge the excellence of players who have showcased their mettle in England during the previous summer.
Unique feat for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli became the first player in cricket 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 and now he has been named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer of the Year and that too third year in a row. This goes to show that he is the best in the world right now.
“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 said.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan was listed as Leading Twenty20 Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row.