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Kohli named ICC's cricketer and captain of the year

Kohli named ICC's cricketer and captain of the year

India's Virat Kohli hit a windfall at the ICC awards after being named both cricketer and captain of the year. He also regained a trophy he had won for the first time in 2012 as he was named ODI player of the year as well. The corresponding prize for Test cricket went to Australia's Steven Smith, reports Cricinfo. In the qualification period from September 21, 2016 to the end of 2017, Kohli scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 including six double-centuries, 1,818 ODI runs at 82.63 including seven hundreds, and 299 T20I runs at a strike-rate of 153. With him at the helm, India are ranked among the top three teams in the world as well. All of that came culminated in his becoming the ICC cricketer of the year and winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. "It's probably the biggest award that we have in world cricket," Kohli said. "Two Indians getting it back to back makes it more special. Last time it was [R] Ashwin, this time I'm getting it so I'm really really honoured and I'd like to thank the ICC for recognising all the hard work that we all put in for our respective sides and I want to congratulate all the other winners also." Smith's numbers were equally mind-boggling. Though the coup de grace was his performance in the Ashes, scoring runs with such frequency that comparisons with Don Bradman was made with every passing innings, he has been in sublime form for at least four years, scoring over 1000 Test runs in each of them. In the ICC's qualification period, he made 1,875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five half-centuries. "It's a great honour to receive this award for the second time, having won it in 2015 as well," Smith said. "It's called Test cricket for a reason, and I've enjoyed that test of my ability over the past 12 months. All the winners Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year - Virat Kohli (India) Men's Test Cricketer of the Year - Steve Smith (Australia) Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year - Virat Kohli (India) Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year - Hasan Ali (Pakistan) Men's Associate Cricketer of the Year - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) Men's T20I Performance of the Year - Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 v England) (India) David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year - Marais Erasmus ICC Spirit of Cricket - Anya Shrubsole (England)

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