India skipper Virat Kohli did a clean sweep on all the major prizes that were there to be taken at the ICC Awards 2017-18. He became the first cricketer in the history of the game to win all three ICC Awards - Test Cricketer of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year and Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year. Moreover, the 30-year-old was named the captain of ICC’s Test and ODI team of the year.
Kohli secured these awards on the back of an extraordinary 2018 in which he scored 1,322 Test runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 matches with five tons and 1202 ODI runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 in 14 games including six centuries. The Indian captain also piled up 211 runs in 10 T20Is during the last calendar year.
Virat was the unanimous choice of the Voting Academy for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada coming in second to him. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner up to Kohli for the ICC ODI Player of the Year award.
Cricket fraternity was full of praise for Virat Kohli and congratulated him for being recognized by the game’s apex body.
It is pertinent to mention here that Kohli was the winner of Sir Garfield Trophy and ICC ODI Player of the Year last year. He was also named the ICC ODI Player of the Year back in 2012.