Virat Kohli makes a cleansweep of top ICC awards, named captain of ICC teams
In a first (no surprises there), Virat Kohli bagged all three top awards from the International Cricket Council. The awards include Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year – all thanks to Kohli’s scintillating performances in 2018. The announcement, made on January 22, also named Kohli as the captain of the ICC Test and ODI Team of 2018.
Kohli is now the first player ever to win all the three awards in a single year. The decision comes after he scored a total of 1322 runs off 13 Tests and 1202 runs from 14 ODIs. Speaking to the media, Kohli said, "It feels amazing. It's a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing.” He also said that to be felicitated amongst a long list of players is a ‘very proud moment’ for him and “something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things.”
In 2018, Kohli had bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Earlier in 2012 and 2017, he was awarded the ODI Player of the Year. According to reports, Kohli was the unanimous choice for the voting academy for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. However, South African bowler Kagiso Rabada came close to taking away the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and Test Player of the Year award from Kohli.