Virat Kohli officially crowned 'King of Cricket'; sweeps all top awards at ICC Awards

Indian Captian, Virat Kohli dominated the ICC Awards held on Tuesday and became the first cricketer in the history of the sport 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.

Virat Kohli officially crowned 'King of Cricket'; sweeps all top awards at ICC Awards Virat Kohli officially crowned 'King of Cricket'; sweeps all top awards at ICC Awards Source : press

Indian Captian, Virat Kohli dominated the ICC Awards held on Tuesday and became the first cricketer in the history of the sport 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.


Kohli; who has had an incredible 2018, is also now appointed as the Captain International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test and ODI teams of the year. 


A statement released by the ICC read,' Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket.'


The annual awards are selected by the ICC Voting Academy comprising former players, members of the media and broadcasters. Kohli was the unanimous choice of the Academy for all 3 awards bestowed upon him.


The 30-year-old Indian Team Captain; who hails from Delhi, concluded 2018 as the top-ranked batsman in Tests and ODIs. The highest scorer in both forms of the game in 2018, he was one of only two batsmen to score more than 1,000 runs in Tests and only among three to do so in ODI cricket.


In the 47 innings that Kohli played across formats in 2018; he scored 2,735 runs at an average of 68.37. He also had 11 centuries and nine fifties to his credit and was the highest run scorer in India's tours of South Africa and England.


Virat was quoted saying," "I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game."

He further added," To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation."


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