Virat Kohli 2nd player after Ricky Ponting to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awards

first_imgVirat Kohli 2nd player after Ricky Ponting to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awardsVirat Kohli was the unanimous choice for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2018, with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada finishing runner-up.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 13:40 IST Virat Kohli ended 2018 as the No.1 batsman in Tests and ODIs for the second year running (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli is the only player to bag the top three ICC awards – Test, ODI and Cricketer of the YearKohli had finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests (1322) and ODIs (1202)The 30-year-old scored 2735 runs across all formats in the year with 11 hundredsThe legend of Virat Kohli keeps growing every year. In just over 10 years, the Indian captain has achieved so much success that it would take ages for upcoming or even some of the present cricketers to replicate.The 30-year-old added yet another feather to his cap on Tuesday when he bagged the top three honours at the International Cricket Council (ICC) awards, a feat which he achieved for the first time and became the first cricketer ever to do so.Kohli was named Cricketer of the year and won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the second time in succession, was named best Test player of the year and also ODI player of the year after his extraordinary batting form in 2018. Only former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has the won the award in two successive years.In 2017, Kohli had finished as the highest ODI scorer, collecting 1460 runs from 26 matches including six hundreds. He was also one of the leading scorers in Tests, accumulating 1059 runs from 10 matches including five hundreds.It is a clean sweep for @imVkohli at the #ICCAwards. Here’s the #TeamIndia captain reflecting on an outstanding 2018 and looking forward to an even better 2019Full video Link (@BCCI) January 22, 2019Just as it seemed he couldn’t get any better, he went one step ahead and bettered his performance in 2018 as he finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.advertisementHe also became the third cricketer after former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson to bag the Cricketer of the Year award twice, with Kohli getting in two years in succession.The ICC also announced the final XI of both teams which features three Indian players in the Test side while four have made the cut for the ODI team with Kohli named as captain of both sides.KING KOHLI’S DECADE OF DOMINANCECricketer of the decade!Virat Kohli for in all internationals:Most runs: 18681 (next best: 14825 H Amla)Highest ave: 56.60 (next best: 54.32 AB de Villiers)Most 100s: 63 (next best: 47 H Amla)Most 50s: 84 (next best: 74 J Root)Most 50+ scores: 147 (next best: 112 H Amla)Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 22, 2019In just the last decade, Kohli has left his competitors way behind. He was for long being chased by the likes of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers but the Delhi batsman in the last two years has been virtually untouchable thanks to the amount of runs he has scored all around the world and in every format.Kohli ended 2018 as the No.1 batsman in Tests and ODIs for the second year running.In the last decade Kohli has amassed a staggering 18681 international runs at an average of 56.60. The next best batsman on the list is Amla with 14,825 runs while de Villiers has the next best average of 54.32.Well & Truly, The KingICC Cricketer of the YearICC Test Player of the YearICC ODI Player of the Year #TeamIndia (@BCCI) January 22, 2019During this period Kohli has smashed 63 international hundreds, again leading Amla who has scored 47. Joe Root trails him in the fifties list with 74 while Kohli has 84 in his kitty.No record is safe when Kohli comes out to bat these days as he demonstrated in the last year.Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in the year with 11 hundreds but he also became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.37 matches, 47 innings.2,735 runs at an average of 68.37.11 centuries, 9 fifties.What a year for @imvKohli! He wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2018! (@ICC) January 22, 2019The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain.On top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.But not just in whites, Kohli also dominated the run charts in ODIs. During the ODI series at home against the West Indies last year, he became only the fourth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for India and in the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach the milestone.advertisementKohli joined Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Kohli also scored more than 1000 runs in a calender for the sixth time in his career in 2018 after 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.Also Read | Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 seasonAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India CaptainFollow ICC awardsFollow Cricketer Of The YearFollow Garfield Sobers Trophylast_img