Virat Kohli wins ICC laurel, Indian cricket teammates ecstatic at success
Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravichandran Ashwin were among the Indian cricket team players who took to Twitter to hail Virat Kohli after he was adjudged both cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year during the ICC awards.cricket Updated: Jan 18, 2018 23:48 IST
Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, hogged the limelight during the annual International Cricket Council (ICC) awards, collecting both Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year award.
Kohli, who was also named captain of both ICC ODI and Test teams of the year, became the fourth Indian cricketer to have won ICC Cricketer of the year award. Rahul Dravid (2004), Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2016) are the other Indians to have received the honour in the past.
Immediately after Kohli’s name was announced as the recipient of the prestigious awards, congratulatory messages started pouring from all quarters for the Indian skipper. Some of his teammates including Uttar Pradesh batsman Suresh Raina, Tamil Nadu tweaker Ravichandran Ashwin and fellow Delhi cricketer Shikhar Dhawan too took to Twitter to congratulate and hail Kohli.
Kohli had a prolific 2017 in which he scored 1059 runs from 10 Tests at a staggering average of 75.64, besides amassing 1460 runs from 26 ODIs with an astonishing average of 76.84. In total, he scored 11 centuries during the year with six of them coming in the ODIs.
#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli sweeps ICC Awards— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2018
ICC Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year ✅
Named Captain of both ICC Test & ODI Teams ✅
Listen to what he has to say on being honoured with the awardshttps://t.co/47ypVcT6Je pic.twitter.com/6sWIZsQWT7
He stood out in his role of a skipper too with India registering series wins over Australia, Sri Lanka (twice-home and away) and Bangladesh in Tests during the year.
In ODIs too, he underlined his leadership credentials by leading India to victories over England (2-1), West Indies (3-1), Sri Lanka (5-0) Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (2-1) in bilateral series. The only blemish on his captaincy record was India’s defeat against Pakistan in the ICC Champion’s Trophy final in England.
Congratulations to @imVkohli on becoming the ODI cricketer of the year and the Icc cricketer of the year. Huge recognition for your hard work and perseverance. 👏💯— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 18, 2018