ENG v IND 2018: Barmy Army honours Virat Kohli with ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ awards

Kohli received the trophies for 2017 and 2018 at one go as the Barmy Army had named the Indian captain as their 2017 International Cricket of the Year.

Virat Kohli is having a dream run with the bat in the last two years | Getty

England cricket supporters club ‘Barmy Army’ has honoured India captain Virat Kohli with the ‘International Cricket of the Year’ awards for 2017 and 2018.

On Wednesday (July 25), the official Twitter account of BCCI posted a picture with Virat holding both the trophies in the presence of a Barmy Army member. 

It is worth mentioning here that the Barmy Army had named Kohli as their 2017 ‘International Player of the Year’ in August last year.

In 2018, Kohli has taken his batting feats to a different level altogether, scoring 1181 runs in 19 international matches with an average of 65.61 with four hundred and four half-centuries.

Earlier this year, Kohli had a sensational tour of South Africa. After being 2-0 down in the Test series, Kohli led the team from the front in the third and final Test at Wanderers to seal a history 63-run victory. From then on, India’s winning juggernaut didn’t stop as they secured both the limited-overs series with utmost ease.

While the Men in Blue clinched the six-match one-day international series with a stunning margin of 5-1, they won the three-match ODI series 2-1. Virat was the highest run-getter in both Test and ODI series from the either side. The Indian captain had scored 286 runs at an average of 47.66 on some of the most difficult wickets in three Tests and then followed it up with 558 runs at an average of 186 in 6 ODIs.

In the ongoing England tour, Virat has amassed the scores of 20*, 47, 43, 75, 45 and 71 in 6 innings. During the third ODI at Leeds, Kohli became the fastest to 3000 one-day international runs as a captain, taking just 49 innings to reach the mark. He also completed the 700-run mark in 2018 in only nine ODIs.

As far as Virat Kohli’s performances in 2017 was concerned – the Indian captain has scored 1059 Test runs in 10 matches at an incredible average of 75.64 with 5 tons and 1 fifty while his ODI numbers were simply mind-boggling, aggregating 1460 runs in 26 matches at 76.84 with 6 centuries and 7 fifties.  


By Salman Anjum - 26 Jul, 2018

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